How can I tell that my baby is getting enough milk?

One of the most common reasons mothers give up breastfeeding is because they are worried that they don’t have enough milk.

Signs breatfeeding is going well include:

Wet nappies - these should increase every day and from day six onwards your baby should be having six nappies a day that feel heavy with urine. Your baby’s urine should be pale yellow or clear

Poos - your baby should pass meconium on the first day, and then the poo should start to change colour from black - dark green -green –yellow. From day five onwards your baby should have at least two yellow poos a day that are about the size of a £2 coin. Most babies poo more than this. Baby poo is usually very liquid with a few yellow seedy bits.

Weight loss - within 10% on day three and then back to birth weight by day 14.

How often should I feed my baby?

  • Your baby should be feeding eight - 12 times in 24 hours (after the first day)
  • Feeds lasting ten minutes to 40 minutes are in the normal range
  • Rapid sucks at first then deep sucks with pauses and swallows. Swallowing should be heard after day three.