BREASTFEEDING AND MILK SUPPLY

10 Apr BREASTFEEDING AND MILK SUPPLY

There are a lot of benefits of breastfeeding; breast milk is a fully nutritionally balanced food, provided naturally to every mom after birth. Somehow there are always some questions for a breastfeeding mom regarding the milk supply and baby’s condition.

How to check my milk supply?

  1. Weight

It’s normal for newborn baby to lose weight upon discharge from the birthing center, especially on the first 7 days. This is to lose the excessive water in their body, and mama you don’t have to worry so much about this. Your baby will gain weight again 7-10days after that, the weight will increase about 20-30grams per day.

  1. Frequency of Diapers Changes

A newborn baby doesn’t need to drink too much milk; they will only start drinking very small amount of breast milk during the first few days (which is good because mama doesn’t supply much milk as well). Diaper changes on the first day could be only once, and it will be increasing once per day until 5 days after born, diaper changes will be about 5-8 times per day.

How do I know is my baby full?

Normally a baby won’t stop during breastfeeding before they’re full, somehow they might pause for a while to decide whether to continue or not. For mama who doesn’t know how much milk your baby drink every meal, you can pump it out. There are also other signs checking on your breastfeeding.

– Your breasts appear to be soft after every breastfeeding.

– Your breasts are empty after every breastfeeding.

– Make sure your baby did the swallowing.

– Your baby will actually stop drinking when he is full.

Breast milk can be easily digested compare to formula milk that your baby might ask for more milk very often. This doesn’t mean they are not well feed. Most of the babies will ask for a meal once every 1.5 to 2 hours.

Breastfeed them more regularly, try to holding your baby close to you, if they are hungry they will move towards your breast. Happy breastfeeding!

Linda Voon
linda.voon@mamaway.com
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