As a breastfeeding parent, it's important for you to be able to recognize the signs that your baby is getting enough to eat. Here are some signs to look for:
Hearing your baby swallow frequently during feeding and feeling your breast get softer after nursing indicate that your baby is actively consuming milk.
You can also observe your baby's diaper output; a breastfed baby should have frequent wet and dirty diapers, with stool turning yellow by the time they are 4 days old.
Weight gain also shows your newborn is getting enough. Your baby's health care team will track their weight at regular check-ups
Finally, pay attention to your baby’s feeding cues. Feed your baby as often as they want. A well-fed infant is usually satisfied, relaxed and sleepy after a successful feeding.
If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your health care provider or lactation consultant for help. They can provide guidance and support to help make sure that your baby is getting the nourishment they need to grow and thrive.
For more information about Salem Health lactation resources, call 503-814-4539 or visit salemhealth.org/fbc.