Is your baby getting enough?
Breastfeeding can be a cause of stress for any new mum. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, so if you’re a first-time mum who is feeding her baby, it’s common to feel doubtful about whether she’s getting enough. The Australian Breastfeeding Association highlights a number of signs you can look out for to ensure your bub is well-fed.
1. Nappies Look in her nappy to see whether she’s digesting her food properly. In young babies, expect to see three or more soft or runny movements a day for quite a number of weeks. As she gets older, five wet nappies in a 24-hour period shows she’s getting nutrition from her feeds. Your baby’s urine shouldn’t be too yellow in colour, either, as that’s a sign of dehydration, so see your doctor.
2. Skin tone Bub should have a healthy skin colour and muscle tone, even though she’s only little. You can test this by gently grabbing a small part of her skin, to see if it springs back into place.
3. Happy bub Trust your instincts. Does your baby look happy and content to you? If she doesn’t seem to want to constantly feed and is pretty happy within herself, chances are she’s getting enough milk and is full. However, if you suspect your baby isn’t getting enough milk, speak to your GP.