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Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk?

Follow Your Baby's Lead

As mentioned earlier, insufficient weight gain and infrequent urination and stools may be signs of your baby not getting enough milk. However, there are also other cues you can look for. For example, if your baby seems satisfied after breastfeeding or doesn't seem to need to breastfeed too often or for a long period of time, they are probably getting plenty of milk.
 
However, if your baby is refusing to breastfeed or wants to breastfeed often, then it may mean that he or she is either frustrated or becoming hungry too quickly. Some of the other (maybe not-so-subtle) cues that your baby is not getting enough milk include:
 
  • Baby cries often
  • Very long breastfeeding sessions
  • Baby not satisfied after breastfeeding
  • No milk comes out when the mother expresses
  • Milk did not "come in" after delivery
  • Breasts did not enlarge during pregnancy.
 
In rare cases, medical problems may prevent a woman from producing breast milk. If there are no breast changes during pregnancy or soon after delivery, or if you are unable to express any milk within the week after delivery, it may be a sign that there's a problem and you won't be able to produce breast milk.
 

How Can I Tell If My Baby Is Hungry?

If you are worried that you won't be able to tell if your baby is hungry, have no fear. Babies are great at letting you know when it's time to eat. In fact, there are several signs they use to get your attention. Some of these include:
 
  • Opening their mouths
  • Moving fists to their mouth
  • Small movements as they start to awaken (moving head from side to side)
  • Sticking out their tongues
  • Whimpering or lip-smacking
  • Pulling up arms or legs toward the middle
  • Making sucking motions or puckering their lips as if to suck
  • Becoming more active
  • Nuzzling against your breast
  • Showing the rooting reflex (when a baby moves his mouth in the direction of something that's stroking or touching its cheek).
 
Breastfeeding babies are amazing self-regulating creatures. They take what they need at each feeding and from each breast. Just as they will let you know when they are hungry, they will also let you know when they've had enough. Some of these signs include your baby turning away from the breast or not being interested in sucking.
 
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