How to tell if your breastfeeding baby is not getting enough milk

Signs that your breastfeeding baby is not getting enough to eat.

Determining rather or not your baby is receiving adequate nutrition is extremely vital to their well-being.

This may be a little more challenging if you choose to breast-feed your child.

There are signs however, that can take the guesswork out of determining rather your breastfeeding baby is not getting enough to sustain him or her.


Step 1

Watch your baby’s disposition.

Your baby’s disposition can tell a parent how well they are thriving. When your baby is unusually sleepy or when they are restless and fussy after breastfeeding, then this may indicate that they have not gotten enough to eat.

Step 2

Watch for the frequency of feedings.

If you are not able to hear or see your baby swallow when they are breastfeeding and your baby breastfeeds fewer than 8 times in every 24 hours, then your baby may not be getting enough milk.

Step 3

Weight gain.

Pay close attention to your baby’s weight. Here’s what to look for:

  • If your baby loses more than 7% of their birth weight during the first 5 days of their life
  • If your baby continues to lose weight after day 5 and is below his or her birth weight at 10 days old.

This is a good indicator thatyour baby is not enough milk. Notify their pediatrician immediately.

Step 4

Observe the baby’s stool.

How often and the description of a baby’s stool is another indication of rather or not your baby is getting enough to eat. If your baby has less than three stools a day after the first day of birth and if their stool is still black or green by day 5, have your baby checked out by his or her pediatrician.

Another strong indication that your baby is not getting enough to eat is the consistency and appearance of their urine. If your baby has red or dark yellow urine and less than six wet diapers a day by 5 days old, then they may not be getting enough milk.

Things Needed
• Breast milk
• Keen observance of your baby
• Knowledge of your baby’s disposition

Tips & Warnings
• Get to know your baby since each baby is different. If you feel that something is wrong, contact your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible.
• Your baby’s stool is usually a stain the size of their fist or at least one teaspoon of solid material. This will change the older they get.


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