How to tell whether your baby is getting the right amount of breast milk









Breastmilk

                                     
As a breastfeeding mom, I know the feeling that you want to have an assurance that your baby is getting the right amount of milk. It is really hard to tell because not like feeding in a bottle, you can check the volume of milk through the bottle calibration (oz, ml) if how much did your baby drink. Honestly, some experts advise me to sometimes try expressing my breast milk and place it in a bottle so that I can monitor my baby’s feeding. But please take note that feeding your baby by expressing your breast milk in a bottle is not advisable for newborn babies or for babies around six week old. This is because, it may reduce your milk supply as your body won’t get signal that the baby is hungry. Also, feeding your infant in a bottle is a bit worrisome because this might lead to your baby’s nipple confusion. Yes, I can really attest that this is possible because I experienced this with my son. But before we are going to dwell so much about nipple confusion which for sure I will share on my future blog posts, let  us tackle first the issue on how are we going to tell that our baby is full.






In the video above, I have shown my baby’s mood before he started latching on my breast. As you can see, my 10 month old baby is trying to talk. This is actually what he usually does when he wants to drink milk. For me, my baby’s cues are his way of communicating what he needs. Please observe how expressive my baby is by mumbling softly. And guess what, he stops doing it after I feed him. So, this might also be true for your baby. Because when I meddle my baby’s feeding, he starts to mumble again. Hence, instead of me making him stop, I just wait for him to stop latching on my breast. In this way, I am assured that he is already full.


I have listed down below some tips on how to check if your baby is getting enough milk.

·         Your baby’s feeding is at least six times in a day.

·         Once your milk let down after the first few sucks, you don’t feel any pain in your breast and nipple.

·         You breasts feel light and softer after feeding your baby.

·         Your nipple is slightly elongated.

·         Your baby is very alive.

·         Your baby’s pee must be pale and odourless.

·         Your baby pees and poops frequently.

·         You can see your baby is swallowing while he is latching on your breast.

·         You are letting your baby to come off your breast spontaneously when he’s finished.






Please observe my baby after I fed him for about 4 minutes. He is very active and in the mood to play.



Hang on Gorgeous Momma, you are doing it right!


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Related topics

https://www.enfamil.com/articles/hungry-or-full-how-tell-birth-6-months

https://babygooroo.com/articles/what-are-the-signs-my-baby-is-full

https://www.fitpregnancy.com/baby/breastfeeding/my-baby-getting-enough-breast-milk

http://www.nhawic.org/resources/breastfeeding-resources/how-do-i-know-when-is-my-baby-full


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