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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.

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