Breastfeeding the best form of providing nutrition to the baby because for the first six months babies are not able to consume any solid food as their digestive system is still building. Therefore, until then breastfeeding is the safest option to feed the baby. However, mothers are always worried if the baby is getting milk to satisfy his hunger or enough to grow.
When you are breastfeeding, you are completely unaware of the fact that how much milk is stored in your breast or how much milk has the baby consumed. Like all the other worrying mothers, if you too feel that you are not making enough milk to feed the baby, you are not unrealistic. Every mother wish to have a tracking device that could tell how much milk is in your breast and how much has the baby consumed so that you know whether you are making enough milk. The only way to know is, if the baby is defecating rightly or through monthly checkups to know the growth.
Is your baby growing?
As a mother, your first signs to know if the baby is doing well with breastfed milk are when your baby does not cry for feed after every half an hour. Checking the Breastfed Baby Weight Gain is another method or rather a better method to know if the baby is growing as per the requirement.
Usually mothers get worried that the baby is losing weight in the first few days after the birth. But don’t worry too much. It is absolutely natural. Babies do lose weight in the initial week after birth. However, they immediately pick up gaining weight after the first week, approximately 4 – 7 ounces a week.
If your baby is taking good sleep, is not feeling hungry in small intervals and if the baby is developing as per the baby development chart, then he or she is getting the right amount of feed.
This is a good way to know if the baby is doing well with the milk. In the first week, you would see that your baby is using just one or two diapers a day. But as the week passes and your breast are ready to make good amount of milk, you would see that your baby using 7 – 8 diapers a day.
Also check the number of times the baby is defecating. In the initial days, the baby should poop atleast 4 – 5 times a day. However, they would be pooping smaller amounts. But as the baby grows, they would be pooping less but in larger amounts.
If you don’t see these signs and you are not satisfied, then must consult your paediatrician to see if the amount of milk is the problem or is there is any other problem. An average Breastfed Baby Weight Gain is usually 5 – 7 ounces per week in the first three months. After that the weight gain would reduce to 2 – 4 ounces per week. Consult a lactation expert to know if your baby is getting enough milk.