Ask the Lactation Expert: Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk? - iVillage

Is she getting enough? It's a common concern for new moms. For the answer, just look to your baby '- and her diaper!

How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

The "gold standard" for judging whether your baby is getting enough breast milk is her weight gain pattern. If she's gaining well while exclusively breastfeeding, then she's getting enough milk.

The "silver standard" is her diaper. Between six days and about six weeks of age, your baby should have at least five to six sopping wets and three to four palm-sized bowel movements every 24 hours.

What about the first few days after my baby is born?

In the first five days of life, your baby's wets and BMs will gradually increase. One easy way to estimate how many wet and dirty diapers she should have in the first few days of life is that the number of diapers should equal her age in days. For example, on day one your baby should have at least one wet and one dirty diaper. On day two, she should have at least two wets and two dirty diapers; on day three, three wets and three dirty diapers; on day four, four wets and three to four dirty diapers; on day five and every day after, five sopping wets or more and three to four dirty diapers or more.

Babies will usually lose some weight in their first few days of life. On average, it's expected that your baby will lose about seven percent of her birth weight by about day three to five of life and then begin to gain. It's expected that your baby will regain her birth weight by about two weeks.

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