How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

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How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

  • Your breasts feel heavier as you make more milk.
  • Your breasts begin to feel softer after nursing.
  • You hear more and more swallows with each feeding.
  • In the hospital, babies should have about 1 wet and 1 dirty diaper for each day of age.
  • By 5-6 days of age, baby should have 6 or more wets and 2-3 or more dirty diapers each 24 hours.
  • The wet diapers become larger and heavier, the dirty diapers should change to greenish-brownish or runny yellow stools by 4-5 days of age.
  • By 4-5 days of age, babies begin to gain about ┬Ż to 1 oz each day.

Please call Allen Hospital's Lactation Consultant with questions at (319) 235-3620.