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
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
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
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