How Do I Know If My Baby Is Getting Enough Milk With Each Feed?
Is my baby getting enough milk?
An important question many new moms find themselves asking… is my baby getting enough milk? And this IS an important question to be asking. Today we will talk about some ways to find answers to this question.
Breastmilk for growing babies
Breastfeeding is normal… we all know that, but it is not guaranteed to be easy. Some babies will latch very well in the beginning and become lazy latcher later on or vise versa. Sometimes there are issues with supply or paid and addressing them early is important to ensure your baby is getting the nourishment they need to grow and develop! If you are breastfeeding or pumping and feeding your baby breastmilk, many moms often wonder if baby is getting what they want.
How do I know baby is getting enough milk?
Satisfied babies, that are growing (gaining weight) appropriately, pooping and peeing! Welcome to parenting, where we talk about bodily functions like they are nothing! If your baby is not satisfied, or not gaining weight, we can most often assume that they are not getting enough milk. Always reach out to your care provider/ pediatrician if you have initial concerns. Typically you will know by the first week’s pediatrician visit if baby is on track for appropriate weight gain to get back to their birth weight by two weeks.
If baby is not gaining weight appropriately, your pediatrician will mention this to you and ensure that you continue to see them to check baby’s weight gain, they may suggest supplementation while you work on the latch and baby’s transfer of breastmilk. In the mean time you would also want to consider seeing a Lactation Counselor to help with latching and other issues so that you can continue to breastfeed while also being careful of baby’s weight gain.
What to do if baby is not getting enough milk?
If it is determined that your baby is not on track to reach their birth weight again by two weeks, you can schedule an in-home lactation visit to get ahead of the breastfeeding or latch issues so that baby will continue to stay on track and reach their weight gain goals by two weeks.
Your pediatrician may have you supplement during that time or may suggest to wait, but if by two weeks baby is still not where they should be concerning weight, that you might supplement in addition to continuing to work on breastfeeding!
Lactation support done in-home will help you tackle issues immediately so that you can stay on track for achieving your goals!
Breastfeeding support early on is essential!
The earlier you find and secure support the easier it can be for your breastfeeding journey! Solving issues and creating a plan early on can bring you peace of mind and a plan to implement for improvement. In the end, babies must be fed and we will support you in your breastfeeding journey and making sure that your baby is thriving as it should be!