When it comes to breastfeeding, moms are always in doubt about whether their little ones are getting enough nutrients to support their growth and development. To ensure that there’s adequate feeding, here are a few things to consider:
- The first most important indicator is that the mother should feel a massage sensation on the breast when the baby is sucking (this indicates that the baby has grabbed a mouth full of breast(deep latch) . If the mother feels a bite sensation when the baby is sucking , it indicates that the baby is just sucking at the nipple (shallow latch ). Comfortable mother & baby .
- Another important indicator is the weight of the baby. A regular check on the baby’s weight will give you an idea of whether the baby is feeding properly. In the first week the baby loses maximum upto 10 percent from the birth weight , and the baby will start gaining weight by the end of the second week (day 10-14) .
- One of the definite indicators that a baby is well fed is the urine and stool output. Keep a check on the times your baby passes urine. A well fed baby passes urine about 7-8 times in 24 hours by day 6 and onward .
- Baby’s stool is also another indicator to look out for. A well-fed baby may pass stool regularly, minimum of 2-3 stools everyday.
- When your baby is happy and satisfied at the end of the nursing session, it shows that he/she is well fed.
- You can observe long and deep chin movements with the chin tucked into the breast when the baby is latched well .Shallow and fast sucks indicate that the baby is only at the nipple .
- A newborn that wakes up to feed 10-12 times a day is a healthy sign that your baby is feeding properly.
- Lastly, a softer and lighter breast after feeding also indicates that the baby can consume all the breastmilk to meet his/her nutrient requirement.
A regular check on these things might lower your worry and anxiety related to breastfeeding your baby enough and make your experience better and easier.
If any of the above indicators seems to be a cause for concern ,kindly reach out to a trained and certified clinical lactation professional who can assess further and support you with your breastfeeding journey .
HAPPY BREASTFEEDING !