Breastfeeding: Helpful Tips (cont.)

Getting enough milk

Most new mothers are concerned about their babies getting enough milk. Babies have different eating and diaper habits. But, the common signs that babies are getting enough milk are:

  • At least 6 wet diapers a day (every 24 hours), depending on the baby's age.


  • Two to five bowel movements (loose and yellowish) a day (every 24 hours) during the first six weeks. Older babies may have fewer bowel movements.


  • Steady weight gain, after the first week of age. From birth to three months, typical weight gain is four to eight ounces per week.


  • Pale yellow urine, not deep yellow or orange.


  • Sleeping well, yet baby is alert and looks healthy when awake.

Remember that the more often and effectively a baby nurses, the more milk there will be. Breasts produce and supply milk directly in response to the baby's need or demand.

For more, please read the Breastfeeding article.

Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the National National Women's Health Center(www.4women.gov).


Last Editorial Review: 1/7/2004