Is your baby get­ting enough?

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Beautiful Babies -

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.

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