ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
Q I find it hard to judge whether my breastfed baby is drinking enough at each feed. Any advice?
A Lactation consultant Barb Glare
says: Many mothers wonder how they can tell if their baby is getting enough milk. But with some pointers, you’ll be able to read the signs and be confident bub is getting all she needs.
Most babies feed eight to 12 times in 24 hours, including a cluster of feeds at some time of the day or night (remember, for a baby, ‘day’ and ‘night’ don’t mean much). It’s normal for babies to lose up to 10 per cent of their birth weight in the days after birth. However, they are usually back at their birth weight by about two to three weeks, and then gain more than 150g per week, up until 12 weeks, when weight gain tends to plateau.
Wet and dirty nappies are a good sign your baby is getting plenty of milk. In the first five days of life, your baby should have as many wet nappies as she is days old (one wet nappy on day one, two on day two). Your baby’s poos start off black and sticky, but by day five will have transitioned through greeny-brown to mustardy-yellow. After that, babies will have about four to five wet nappies and at least one to two bowel movements per day.