How Do I Know My Baby Is Getting Enough To Eat?

This post is just a generalized guide.  If you have any concerns about your baby, call your baby’s provider or lactation consultant

  • Pay attention to the following:
    • Baby eating at least 8 or more times in a 24 hour period
      • Watch for feeding cues
    • Baby wetting diapers
      • 1 diaper in the first 24 hours after birth
      • 2 on the second day of life
      • 3 on the third day of life
      • 6 to 8 wet diapers of urine that are light yellow in color once milk is in greater supply
    • Baby will be passing meconium for the first 1 to 2 days after birth
      • Meconium is the sticky, black substance that the baby passes from his or her bowels
    • Stool changing to mustard color, runny and seedy in texture once the milk is in greater supply
      • 3 to 4 of these stools beginning by day 4 in the first month. May pass a little stool after each feeding as well.
    • Weight gain is an important clue to your baby’s healthcare provider that the baby is feeding properly
      • Expect initial weight loss after birth and weight gain of 4 to 7 ounces per week once milk is in greater volume. The baby should be back to his or her original birth weight by day 10.
      • Moms near TMC HSD can bring babies to Baby Café (link to class schedule?) to be weighed while moms near TMC Lakewood can go to Terrific Moms Club (link to class schedule?).
    • Other positive signs:
      • Audible swallowing – actually hearing the milk being swallowed; more obvious when mother’s milk is in greater supply.
      • Breast feels less full after feeding
      • Baby satisfied – falls away from the breast at the end of feeding.
    • Signs of being full:
      • Falls asleep
      • Relaxes the body
      • Opens his or her fists
      • Relaxes the forehead
      • Lets go of the nipple