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Is My Newborn Eating Enough?

"How do you know for sure that baby is getting enough milk when you're a breastfeeding newbie? I get that after a while you can gauge by certain things, but those first few days after your supply comes in, how the heck do you know that he/she is actually getting an adequate amount of milk?" - kgail11

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"How do you know for sure that baby is getting enough milk when you're a breastfeeding newbie? I get that after a while you can gauge by certain things, but those first few days after your supply comes in, how the heck do you know that he/she is actually getting an adequate amount of milk?" - kgail11

The Bump Expert

"Having a newborn can be very overwhelming and it's common to worry about whether or not the baby is getting enough to eat," says Andi Silverman, breastfeeding expert and author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding. "Keep in mind that your pediatrician will check the baby's weight to make sure she is getting enough to eat. You can help, too, by keeping a journal of feedings, pees and poops. Newborns eat eight to twelve times per day, that is every two to three hours. So if you feed your baby from 8:00 a.m. to 8:20, the next feeding starts at 10:00 a.m. if you are on a two hour schedule. If you have a sleepy baby, you'll want to wake her up to make sure she’s feeding. Newborns also poop three to four times a day, and pee five to eight times per day." After about a month, feedings become less frequent -- every three to four hours is common. "Overall, try to feed your baby 'on demand,' or whenever she indicates she’s hungry by crying, licking her lips, sucking her fist or rooting around for your breast."

There are some other things that can help you figure out if your baby is eating well: (1) you see milk in the baby’s mouth; (2) the baby eats, and then stops rooting for food; (3) your breasts feel softer after a feeding; (4) you feel your milk letting down, or a tingling in your breast during feeding; (5) you see the baby suck and swallow.  Sucking is quick and shallow, swallowing is deep and rhythmic.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Top 10 Reasons to Breastfeed

Breastfeeding Tips for New Moms

Feeding Supplies for a Newborn

Andi Silvermanm, author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding

re: Q: Newborn eating enough?

Hi. My baby is now 3.5 weeks old. I have just been having such a hard time with my milk supply. My milk didn't come in very much in the first few days so i was sent home from the clinic with formula to supplement after feeding. After a week i thought i had enough milk so i started exclusively breastfeeding. Baby always seemed hungry and i was worried she wasn't getting enough. At her two-week appointment her doc confirmed that she had put no weight on whatsoever and suggested i go back to supplementing. I did in the second week - I ended up giving her formula first though because when i tried to breastfeed her first she would get so frustrated and suck manically as if she wasn't getting enough. At the moment i am pumping every few hours and then i give her what i have - usually about 1.5-2 ounces from both breasts. And then give her about 4 oz in formula. I started bottled feeding her my mil because I still didn't know if she was getting enough milk and at least with the bottle i could see how much she got and she was so much more relaxed drinking. But now she has got used to the bottle its really hard to get her to breastfeed, so i just keep pumping and giving it to her. What should i do? PLease give me some advice, I feel like i've made such a mess! We went to the doc yesterday and he said she was now her normal weight, so at least i'm not starving her like in the second week!.

tessiespoljaric |

re: Q: Newborn eating enough?

I managed to get her to feed from my breast today so i'm hoping that i can now breastfeed and supplement and only pump when i need to go out etc...

tessiespoljaric |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

Have you tried pulling gently on your nipple, shaping it and making it stick out straight, like the bottle nipples? That worked for me. My newborn was given formula in the hospital and a few times at home. After a few days, she didn't want to nurse from the breast because the bottle is so much easier - lazy babies! When I tried this trick, it fooled her into thinking that it was the bottle, and I haven't had any trouble getting her to take the breast, even after Dad stays up with her and gives her formula. She'll pretty much take anything we give her now. I hope that will help!

martitn |

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My son had bad jaundice and was a sleepy baby and would not take the breast so I started pumping in the hospital and saw a lactation nurse too. She suggested using your fingers to make a sandwhich so to speak out of your nipple. and the baby should take that.. My son is 3 months old and I am still pumping. We either take "naked naps" or I put him on the breast once a day or so to give my body the skin to skin contact it needs to continue to prodouce milk.. And try to let your body relax.. sounds crazy but it works to keep the milk coming.

aldahms |

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I too am having trouble with milk supply and worry what to do. We are giving about 90mL in addition to whatever he gets from me. I am expressing and giving him that as well. The nurse told me to try the baby on each breast for 5 minutes and then go to bottle - at least he gets some time. I wanted to try skin-to-skin time but he gets cold - any tips? I was also told to make a hamburger out of my breasts so now I call breastfeeding hamburger :)

mrsmullavey |

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have you tried fenugreek herbal supplements and mother's milk tea?

augustbabyboy |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

I bought nipple shields from BabiesRUs after my baby would scream after not being able to latch. Most of our problem must have been my nipples. Nipple shields provide a larger nipple for the baby to latch on to, but you are using the milk right out of the breast. It is like having a bottle nipple attached to your breast. The packaging says to try to wean the child from this by using it for about 3-4 minutes then giving him/her the actual nipple. When I tried this, I haven't had luck. We may just use this shield for awhile. It makes me feel so much better to not have to pump and feed through a syringe or bottle, which is what we were doing. Baby steps, I guess.

abrilliantally |

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something i was told about BFing that really stuck with me was that "it's not called nipple feeding, it's breast feeding" which means the baby shouldn't be latching onto the nipple at all but onto the breast (specifically the areola). so the nipple shields are not supposed to be for the baby to latch onto the nipple, but to protect the nipple during latching to the breast. and i agree, those things saved my scabbed nipples, but i got rid of them as soon as the scabs were gone (about a week) and my baby switched to the breast pretty easily. i also learned how to properly latch him on, so after about another week, there was a lot less pain and i've been successfully BFing without more damage to my nipples. it still hurts a little but at least i'm doing it correctly now and it's just a matter of getting used to the sensation.

shailee_upadhyaya@yahoo.com |

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I had the same question! I feel like there are times that my son isn't getting enough to eat. He seems to be hungry (or the signs of being hungry) ALL the time! He will be a month old on Thursday and I feel like I should have gotten the hang of things by now. The lactation specialist at the hospital told me to let him eat until he fell asleep. I do that with every feeding and now I'm worried that maybe he is working so hard to get his food that he is tiring himself out! I wish breats came with a chart like the bottles do so you could tell how much they are eating!!!

Schoeneck28 |

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Get an infant scale. It's a life saver for freaked out BFing moms like myself. I weighed my son every day until he got back up to birth weight. He is now 15 weeks and I still weigh him at least once a week. If you are not sure the baby is getting milk, you can even weigh them before and after a feeding to confirm that they are getting something.

p10babydoll |

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Take the schedule the hospital gives you for pees/poops...sounds crazy...but I checked them off each hour...or sooner...each time the baby needed a diaper change. I could see milk in my babys corner of mouth...but the diapers are the surest way to know. You will feel a tingle in your breast as milk lets down but the diaper again is the surest way you'll know. At your 2 week check up the baby will be weighed again and should be back up to birthweight...they lose a few ounces once they are home and then quickly put it back on. You could also get a baby scale if you would like for your own peace of mind!

shelleycollins1 |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

I was worried about my baby not getting enough too-she gained 3 oz at her two day checkup (the hospital I delivered at makes every baby do a two day pediatrician visit after they are released). At her two week checkup, her weight was exactly the same as the last visit. I supplemented with the a syringe at the breast for the next two weeks or so. Also, my doctor told me not to worry too much about the number of poops for the first few weeks- as long as she is wetting her diapers pretty frequently you will know she is getting something! My baby is six weeks old now and finally starting to poop more than once in a 24 hour period-but she gained two pounds by her one month checkup so don't freak if you don't see exactly 3-4 poops a day

cathyhall82 |

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I feel such frustration for those of you who fall into this situation... It doesnt have to be so hard. Its a shame the right info and support isn't given to new moms! 1. Babies will loose weight in the first couple of weeks. 2. Your milk can take up to 5 days to come in. BUT they get vital colostrum before that. 3. Suggesting you supplement is setting you up for failure. Your baby nurses to tell your body who much milk to make. 4. Around 3 weeks babies cluster feed, where they seem to be constantly at the breast. They are likely in a growth spurt and if you supplement it impedes your body's ability to produce the increased milk supply your baby needs. 5. Prior to the first few weeks, babies are subject to nipple confusion and will often prefer the bottle because it takes less work than nursing to get the milk or formula out of it. 6. NB's have tiny little stomachs and cant eat much at once during the first few weeks. 7. By 2 weeks old they are usually back to their birth weight. Hang in there mommys! And big hugs to those who have faced these challenges! God knows we have enough with a new baby already :)

BJQ206 |

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what worked for me in the early weeks was applying a heating pads to my breast before i would fed my baby. I too thought I was making enough milk so I would pump an hour before it was time to fed her. It is rough but just let the baby suck for as long as they want. I usually lay on my side and let her eat that way when i am tired.

eidiva26 |

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Well, while reading this, I wanted to ask - I'm exclusively breastfeeding, and for being a first time mom & obviously having no prior experience with breastfeeding, it has gone very smoothly for me. (Thank God.. I've heard about a lot of people struggling and giving up.) My concern is that my daughter's 2 week appointment was yesterday and her pediatrician wasn't satisfied with her just being up to her birth weight - she made it seem like that just wasn't enough. Can anyone tell me what their experience was with weight gain and their breastfed newborn? Is being back up to birth weight enough for a 2 week checkup or should she have weighed more?

Lindesay123 |

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Don't worry too much your pediatrician won't allow your baby to leave the hospital untill they're sure he or she is eatiing right. We had to wait 5 days before leaving because of this... they were worried because she wasn't peeing enough. Then once we were given the go ahead to go home we were advised to keep a record of all her pees and poos and how long she ate for on each side when, which seemed like a pain in the butt, but then about a week after having her home with us she started only eating for maybe five minutes on each side - and the only thing that kept me from worriying was being able to see that everything else was still normal.

diamondsbell |

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Being back up to birth weight by 2 weeks is good , so dont stress too much !

spunky02 |

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My son was born on a Friday morning and the lactation consultant was not at the hospital nor does she work on weekends. But I naturally put my son to my breast and he latched. I was so happy, by Saturday at 3pm I had breastfeed him for about 1/2hr, but then we had so many people come and visit us at the hospital. I would quickly put him on the breast and take him off because guess were knocking at the door. I kept kicking people out so that I could feed my son for at least 10 to 15 mins. I appreciate people wanting to visit, but I regret having visitors. By 8pm I was in tears, my son was frantic and too frustrated to latch on. We spent the rest of the night and Sunday morning with a crying baby. The nurses would come in and try to assist me in getting him latched on but he did not stay latched. My son looked yellow on Sunday morning and I asked a nurse if we could at least give him something because he was yellow and had not feed since Saturday at 3 . Since then my son has not been able to latch and stay on the breast. I got a lactation consultant to come to my house. My son was able to latch on for a little longer than usual, but he still gets frantic and I tried all of the ticks that were given to me and nothing has worked. I pump, and have very little milk, even with the fenugreek. My son is 3 weeks old, and I’m so tired of feeding and pumping that I don’t have energy to even pump between early mornings feeds. I’m off to get a hospital grade pump tomorrow hoping that will help increase my milk flow. I don’t know what went wrong, my son and I connected so well the first day and half, and I feel so sad that it hasn’t happen again.

ACartagena |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

I know exactly what ACartagena is experiencing, the same thing happened to me. I used the hospital grade pump and it worked. I had so much milk and a very healthy baby (she's 5 now and weighs 50lbs). We are expecting our second this December and I am specifically requesting family members to wait to visit our house when the baby is 2 weeks. It is hard and I know there will be family members who can't wait to visit, but bonding is very important for the baby and parents. I plan to try nursing again, but if it doesn't work, I will pump. Also, I only tried to give my daughter the breast once after the first month, around 3 months- she accepted it and was more than happy to feed either way. Point being, don't stop trying... even if its been months...

Mandylyn1221 |

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my little one is now 4 weeks, i believe it is a rational fear to new moms that theyre not feeding baby enough, i pumped once, but tried my hardest not to bottle feed, as i know how much nipple confusion comes with it, so for any pregnant women thinking about this, if you want to breast feed, avoid bottles. baby does not need to "latch on" to bottles as they do a breast. i also believe that if your milk supply is in (your breasts will feel very hard just before feedings, sometimes if its been too long between feedings they will feel like rocks, and you will need to relieve the pressure by pumping or getting baby to eat) you should not force baby to eat, they will tell you when they are hungry. my little one reminds me of Ray Charles when she's hungry. She opens her mouth real wide and moves her head from side to side, when that gets old, she does the Itsy Bitsy Spider and puts one hand over the other over and over in front of her face with her mouth open, if i dont feed her by then she shoves her wrist into her mouth and literally gives herself a hickey, after that she sucks on anything she can until something gives her some milk. She tries to trick me after feedings, and pretend she's still hungry, i put my finger in her mouth and i guess the warmth and pulse is soothing. noone elses finger cuts it. if anyone can help me with that, itd be great. good luck to everyone.

x0x0jamiev0x0x |

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Thank you BJQ206 for the information. I want to exclusively breastfeed my daughter. For some women this comes very naturally and easy. For others it is a bit harder, but I think all the misinformation and lack of good information makes it even worse. I took my daughter to her pediatrician at 3 days old. This was recommended by the pedi at the delivering hosp. DD weighed 6# 12oz at birth, the next day 6# 4 oz and the day we left 5# 12oz. At 3 days she was 6# 2 oz and the pedi recommended formula! I was taken a back by how quickly he resorted to recommending this. Had I been younger, less experienced and not in the medical field I probably would have done exactly as he said, no questions asked. Fortunately I explained to him our backup plan of finger feeding expressed breastmilk between feedings. He agreed, but wanted to see her back in 2 days. She was up to 6# 8oz by then, and he dropped the talk about formula. He did put her on vit D drops (Tri Vi Sol) to prevent jaundice.

branfachris |

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Your baby will let you know when he has had enough... They will just stop sucking...

trainingthedog |

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1. Make sure baby is latched correctly. If so, then keep track of how many wet diapers your baby has. Should be 6-8 wet diapers and 2-5 soiled diapers (seedy yellow in color) once your milk has come in. Using cloth diapers are great for tracking how often baby wets.

Foreveryoung0323 |

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im a little confused by these kinds of statements in regards to feeding. do you feed on a schedule or feed on demand? if you are on a schedule as in the example the bump expert gives, how can you also be feeding on demand? it seems to me like you can't put the two in the same sentence!! the following is from the bump expert..."So if you feed your baby from 8:00 a.m. to 8:20, the next feeding starts at 10:00 a.m. if you are on a two hour schedule....After about a month, feedings become less frequent. Every three to four hours is common. Overall, try to feed your baby “on demand,” or whenever she indicates she’s hungry by crying, licking her lips, sucking her fist or rooting around for your breast."

apo111 |

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It is personal preference. I am a advocate of feeding on demand but that doesnt mean you can never leave the house again. :) If your baby is happy and content it is not necessary to "force feed" her every 2 hours. Babies make their own schedules. As long as you are tuned in to her needs she will let you know if she is hungry. Just keep an eye out for the early cues (lip smacking, rooting, and sucking on hands). If you have a sitter and know you will not be home before you suspect she will be hungry again, let the sitter know your babys hunger cues. It is not necessary tfor the sitter to wake the baby to feed.

Foreveryoung0323 |

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Oh Girls...I'm sorry to hear it has been such an ordeal establishing your breastfeeding... The trick is to firstly learn to identify a correct latch and perfect that with baby .,,,Ifeally this should happen in the birthing facility....then it is necessary to teach baby that feeding is a WAKE TIME ACTIVITY ..so keep him active at the breast.....this will prevent baby learning a snacking and snoozing habit .. All this ....and how to effertlessly establish routine quickly and easily can be found in my book.... http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/42398. Pass it on ...read it before baby comes and you will avoid a great deal of anxiety and ncetainty...my promise as an International Mother and Baby Coach...

RaewynM |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

The only way to really tell is by counting the diapers. You need to write down the feedings and the diaper changes and contents. Use this book, or something like it, it helped so much! www.newbornnecessities.tateauthor.com also availabe on amazon.com.

jenbowditch |

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No matter what anyone says, if you feel like your baby isn't getting enough to eat and the weight gain supports that thought, supplement. Feeding your baby comes first. BF or FF is important too, but weight gain matters. We got into a serious situation by following the advice of "trained" professionals who said, " DO NOT supplement. Your body produces what your baby needs." I'm sorry, but that's not always the case. If you think your milk isn't enough for your baby, supplement. Please don't go through the horrible, horrible experiences that I did by following bad advice.

mrsjengle |

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I am all for exclusive breastfeeding, if your baby is failing to thrive look into any issues that may be affecting your supply. For example, I had a retained placenta for 3 weeks (long story but basically it had lobes that broke away and stayed inside, so it appeared whole) i fed on demand repeatedly and my son lost a full pound, nobody even sounded any alarm bells given the events that occurred within days of my birth (b Strep infection passing pieces of tissues). supplementation wasn't suggested (at that point i would have done it if they had said something). It was not until 3 weeks later when i hemorrhaged so severely that I required 4 pints of blood transfused into me that any connection was made, and still there was nothing told to me by my midwives either about the effects of a retained placenta on milk supply. I struggled for 4 months to produce enough for my baby both feeding on demand and pumpling in between and drinking fenugreek tea as well as tons of water before finally adding supplementation at 4 months. I did go on to breastfeed until he was 2. While most cases won't be as severe as mine, there are a number of factors that can cause a low supply including certain meds and lack of calories being consumed or dehydration (numerous others as well). If the baby is truly failing to thrive, I guess I am just saying to look at other factors and make sure there is not something else going on. Maybe some underlying issue may be found and some support can be given before the drastic decision to supplement is made. For the record, my son's growth picked back up after week 2 and even more after my surgery, but this was due to my diligence and sometimes allowing him to nurse for hours in addition to pumping.

Mindos |

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BJQ206 is absolutely right! I wish you all luck, but don't give up! Supplementing as well as rigid schedules will hurt your supply! The baby will cluster feed (this is when he/she acts hungry all the time and constantly eats) and this will increase your flow. If you feel you're still not producing enough, add in a pumping session to increase the "demand" for milk. In a couple of days or less, your body will respond by making that much more milk. The piece of advice I see missing, though, is to keep on a breast until it's drained. An LC had told me to nurse on each side for 10 minutes each. Bad advice in my case as it decreased my supply on one side to almost nothing. I got it back with on demand feeding + pumping. And, when you pump, don't stop pumping when the milk stops! Keep pumping even if nothing is coming. Pump for at least 20 minutes each time. To get my supply up, I pumped 5 minutes extra each session. I went from 1.5 oz total each session to 4 oz per breast each time! I went from wondering if I was feeding my child enough, as many of you are (and visiting a lactation clinic for weight checks twice a week for a month helped!), to an oversupply now with my second child (poor thing is drowning!). Pumping is the best supplement, not formula. Pumping will increase your natural supply and formula will decrease it (less demand = less supply!). Drs are quick to recommend supplementing (our Ped tried forced us to) but that's because most women give up. Hang in there and it'll get better.

joaniejet3 |

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Thank you, joaniejet3! My 2 week old is cluster feeding and it has been heartbreaking and frustrating to see her so hungry, and me not able to provide enough to satisfy her. She is creating plenty of wet and dirty diapers, and is gaining weight, but she acts like she's STARVING!! She gets very angry that my breasts are "empty", because she just ate a 1/2 hour ago. I started supplementing with formula, just to keep her satisfied, but now I've noticed a drop in my supply. I'm going to get back to pumping and letting her nurse as long as she wants to. I had a know-it-all pediatrician ass't tell me that "they get all they need in the first 15 minutes of nursing, so don't let them nurse longer than that." I didn't know better, so I cut her 30 minute sessions down to 15-20 minutes. Now we're both paying for that mistake! Keep up the hard work, Moms! It's so worth it!!

kwilharms |

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If your baby is having >6 wet diapers/day and frequent soft bowel movements, your baby is getting enough milk. Also you can look for signs in your baby, as far dehydration, if skin looks nice and moist, eyes are not sunken and dry, as well as the mouth/mucus membranes are moist, baby is getting enough milk. Also if baby is gaining weight when you take him or her to the doctor this will confirm it.

lbradber |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

This may sound weird to some people but my mother breast fed all three of my siblings and I. Her trick was drinking 1 dark beer at night to help her milk come in. The yeast in the beer really helped her and she never had any problems with her milk not coming in... I have also heard of a famous athlete doing that for her two kids too! So it's not just my mother! I asked my doc and he said if I need to then go ahead..

corrieg |

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I'm having a similar problem...my milk was really late coming in (day 5) so when we went to the dr on day 6 she was down almost a lb from birth! I felt horrible not knowing she wasn't getting enough but she was never fussy after eating and didn't seem like she was still hungry (my dr thought the late supply was due to having 2 epidurals--neither of which worked---so my system might be off a bit). My dr. suggested supplementing which we've been doing 2-3 times a day (and she's up 5 ounces in 2 days!) but I still feel that my supply seems less than it should be and I've tried pumping but I can get more from expressing than I can from pumping (still only .5 an ounce between the 2 breasts in 10 mins). And now on day 8 to top it all off we both have a bladder infection which my dr says could have been contributing to my low supply...I'm now taking Fenugreek and Donperidone to help increase my supply as well as my penicillin for the infection. She's also not having regular BMs either which the dr doesn't seem alarmed about but I am! I want to breastfeed but am feeling really overwhelmed...

angechester |

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Breastfeeding DOES get easier! I am a NICU nurse and I am pregnant with my 2nd right now and plan on breastfeeding again! I breastfed my first from the beginning and we issues with latching and forceful letdown. I just remember feeling so much PAIN in the beginning and was so worried he wasn't getting enough. He was always on the lower end of the weight scale, but we never supplemented with formula, although it was "recommended." It wasn't until about 4 months old when I felt like we had the hang of things and my milk supply stabilized. Yes, my son ate every 1-2 hours for the first FEW months (Babies bellies are tiny! From about the size of a marble to only the size of their little fists in the first few months). This is totally normal :) Yes, it is exhausting, BUT if you can hang with it for a few months it will get better, I promise. My goal with my first was to breastfeed for the first 6 months. We blew past that! My son self weaned at 14 months old. He is a happy and healthy little guy! Here is a fantastic article that I pass on to all my new mommy friends: http://theleakyboob.com/2011/08/baby-explains-normal-newborn-behavior/ Stick with it!

amkester |

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My son is 12 days old and he is a very sleep baby. He had jaundice initially but that has cleared however the sleepiness has not. He seems to be on a 2 hour feeding schedule however we struggle to feed for about an hour each feeding, so he is really only getting a good hour of not nursing! As soon as he latches and takes 1 or 2 good swallows he falls alseep and as soon as I take him off to put him down he start crying and rooting as if he is still hungry! Is this normal? It makes for long nights!

TNRAZZ |

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TNRAZZ yes that's normal. My son fell asleep all the time while BFing especially in the first few weeks. I would start feeding him and then if his sucking slowed down would gently tickle his feet, rub his arms or his back, blow on his face, etc. to keep him awake and sucking. If none of that worked and he wouldn't wake up, I would burp him, change his diaper and then put him back on. I'd know if he was full because he would refuse the breast and turn away instead of going back for more.

Brit83 |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

I breastfed two babies and had challenges early-on with both of them. The answer is "poop and pee." If your baby is pooping and peeing, he or she is eating. Try not to worry. Babies are designed to go without a lot of actual food the first few days. By the time your milk comes in completely, your baby will be ready for it. My milk took several days to be noticeable.Try not to be concerned about measuring every drop and try not to rush to formula use. Particularly if you've had IV fluids for labor, you may become engorged and uncomfortable. This too will pass. Spend most of your time cuddled with baby and offering to nurse. Try not to be away from the baby or do too much else. Insist that anyone who's stressing you out about it leave you alone. Your baby will get enough milk!

lydia4444 |

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My one and a half year old son is very picky about food, so I tried almost all products appropriate to his age. I found a soy baby formula , which provides complete nutrition for my baby with a soy protein source. He likes this product very much and help it helps him to grow harmoniously.

samantha3121 |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

From my experience with my LO, when she finally latched on after three days, I let her feed on one breast for ten minutes. Then I switched her to the other side for another ten minutes. Usually by then the baby stopped feeding on her own and would fall asleep. My rule of thumb, if she is sucking is because she is finding milk. If she is crying that means there isn't enough and she is still hungry.

flordaliza |

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A good way to see around how much your baby is eating is to weigh your baby before they eat and right after they eat! Also if they are gaining weight you know they are getting enough :)

tiffanynickle |

Q&A: Newborn eating enough?

Go see an IBCLC lactation consultant for a pre and post nursing session weigh in on a very accurate scale. This will tell you eactly how much milk baby is taking in at the breast. Multiply the amount times the number of feedings in a day will give you an approx daily intake which should be about 25 oz a day(range of 19-30 oz) You can also count diapers. A newborn needs to have at least 1 wet and or poopy diaper per day of age, so a 4 day old would need to have at least 4 wet and or poopy diapers a day. After a week of age, your minimum diaper changes is 6-8 a day but if breastfeeding is going well you may see 10-12 diaper changes a day.

AmyG* |

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@tiffanynickie I agree with Amy that 10-12 diaper changes a day is normal.. Consult with your doctor. @x0x0jamiev0x0x You may like to check this guide to remove kiss marks. Although these are just tips to get rid of hickeys. P.S: Rushing to any sort of formula use just after giving birth is not recommended. It takes time for the milk to come in completely

angiemayers |