Is My Baby Drinking Enough Breast Milk?

Is My Baby Drinking Enough Breast Milk?

Is My Baby Drinking Enough Breast Milk?


Is My Baby Drinking Enough Breast Milk?

One of the things that breastfeeding mothers often worry about is whether or not the milk the baby consumes is enough. Unlike formula milk which can be easily measured, the mother cannot measure how much milk the baby drinks every day. Then how do we know whether the baby has drunk enough milk or not?

Steps to measure the adequacy of infant breast milk

Some things that can provide clues to whether your baby is drinking enough milk is to answer the following questions:

1. Is your baby's weight increasing?

The constant increase in baby's weight is the most obvious thing to show is whether or not enough consumption of breast milk. Within 3-4 days after birth, the baby's weight generally falls by 7%, and when the age of 10-14 days usually the baby's weight has returned to reach body weight at birth. After that, as the breast milk runs smoothly, the baby's weight will continue to increase.

Here is the standard increase in baby weight per week according to his age:

  • 0-3 months: 110-200 grams per week
  • 3-6 months: 110-140 grams per week
  • 6-12 months: 60-110 grams per week

On a routine examination after birth, the baby's weight is always weighed. If there are concerns about your baby's weight, consult a doctor.

2. How often does your baby suckle?

Newborns usually suckle every 2-3 hours, approximately 8-12 times per day. The high frequency of suckling is good for you and your baby. The more often the baby suckles, the milk production in your body will also increase.

Let the baby determine the length of the feed. During periods of growth spurt (usually at 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months), your baby will suckle more and more often. The greater the age of the baby, the baby will be able to suckle more milk in a shorter duration.

Some babies have a non-routine breastfeeding pattern, for example the frequency of breastfeeding at certain hours increases, which is followed by a rather long sleep time. The amount of frequency of breastfeeding per day is more important than the duration between one and the other breastfeeding.

3. Are there differences in your breasts before and after breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding should not hurt. In a good baby attachment, when the baby suckles, the breast will feel pulled slowly, not like a bite or pinch on the nipple. If the breastfeeding process goes well, after the baby has finished breastfeeding, the breast that was already full will feel empty. If there are complaints of pain while breastfeeding, consult a doctor.

4. How often and how much does your baby urinate /big?

If your baby doesn't use diapers, it might be difficult to check how much urination /magnitude. If your baby uses diapers, the guide below can be used as a comparison.

Babies 1-2 days

  • Urinate 1-2 diapers in 24 hours
  • Defecate greenish black

2-6 days baby

  • urinate 5-6 diapers in 24 hours
  • At least 3 times greenish bowel movements

Babies 6 days and so on

  • urinate 5-6 diapers in 24 hours
  • At least 3-5 times very soft and yellow bowel movements

Infants 6 weeks and up

  • urinate 5-6 diapers in 24 hours
  • The frequency of bowel movements starts to decrease

5. What is the general condition of your baby?

When the baby is hungry, the baby will open his mouth while moving his head to the left and right, bending his arms, clenching his fists, or inserting fingers into his mouth. Immediately breastfeed if the baby shows signs of being hungry, don't wait until the baby cries. Babies who look satisfied after breastfeeding indicate that their milk needs are generally met. In addition, babies whose needs for breastfeeding are fulfilled will look healthy, active, and have a good growth rate and head circumference.

What if you find that your baby's ASI consumption is still lacking?

If from the above, it is found that your baby's milk consumption is still lacking, don't worry. You can do some of the following to increase milk production:

  • The frequency of breastfeeding with the duration as desired by the baby.
  • Every time you breastfeed, offer your baby to suckle from both breasts.
  • Check and make sure that the position and attachment of the baby when menysu is correct.
  • Help smooth the flow of milk by pressing the breast when the baby suckles.
  • Avoid giving formula milk if you want your baby to drink milk, because the baby will be full and increasingly not interested in drinking milk. If you are not breastfeeding, the production of breast milk in your breast will gradually decrease.
  • Try to relax, because milk production is also influenced by the mind. Rest assured that your milk will be enough.

If you have done these things but the production of breast milk does not increase or problems /difficulties arise in the process of breastfeeding, immediately consult your doctor.


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