How do you know your baby is getting enough milk?

  • The majority of women who stop breastfeeding do so out of fear that their baby is not getting enough milk. They may be concerned because their baby cries after feedings or nurses frequently and for long periods of time. Sometimes moms feel that if they are unable to pump several ounces or their breasts do not feel full, then they do not have enough milk for their baby. Some moms doubt themselves due to lack of support. How do you know your baby is getting enough milk? Weight gain and growth are two obvious signs but they may take longer to notice. On a daily basis, poop and pee are very good ways to tell if your baby is getting enough breast milk. By day 5 your baby should be having at least 6 wet diapers per day. You should also see 3 or more seedy, yellow-colored bowel movements.

  • My baby is four weeks old and still hasn't latched on (for more than a minute or so, she gets mad because it's work! LOL).  I tried pumping at the hospital and was actually able to get more via hand expression.  I've been pumping since my milk has come in and still can only get about a quarter of an oz. from each breast every two hours.  I'm getting very discouraged as she is eating 3 oz. of formula every four hours.  Probably only once or twice in the last four weeks have my breast felt "full" and I've only experienced the "let down" feeling a few times.  I'm thinking about not pumping anymore.  At first I felt this terific high when pumping but anymore I feel extremely discouraged.  I've tried warm cloths before pumping, relaxing music, having her in the room with me... nothing seems to produce more milk.  Anybody have any suggestions????

  • It can be so discouraging having a baby that will not latch. My son was that way. I remember crying my eyes out because he was hungry and just wouldn't latch. We ended up using a nipple shield for about 6-8 weeks. It wasn't the kind that corrects nipple problems, but just makes the nipple more like a bottle. That shield was the only reason I didn't give up on nursing him.

    Here are some ideas for increasing milk supply: 

    If you can get your baby to latch on, your supply will increase. The lactation consultant (most hospitals that deliver babies have a LC) should meet with you and watch your baby try to latch. She will be able to point out any problems with technique. She will also check your daughter's mouth to make sure there isn't anything physical keeping her from latching.

    Just remember that it is not too late to salvage nursing your baby. However, if you try everything to boost your supply and you work with lactation on proper latch and are still unable to nurse, you are still a great mom.

  • I had a smililar problem!!!!!  The nurses at the hospital gave my daughter a pacifier and she took to it like crazy.  Before that, she was nursing wonderfully, but the pacifier gave her what is called Nipple Confusion.  Babies like artificial nipples better because they're so much easier to suck.  She was going 12 hours between feedings and losing wt.  We took her to the dr when she was 4 days old because of it.  I discovered a nipple guard at Target.  It is also silicone (like bottle nipples) and goes right over my nipple.  It's made by Medela.  She's 5 weeks now and nurses every 3 hours perfectly, doesn't put up a fuss at all about it, but she HAS to have that guard or she won't recognize my breast at all.  In the end if you end up quitting breastfeeding, you CANNOT beat youself up over this.  You have done your absolute best and then you went beyond that.  I cried as well for several days before I discovered this nipple guard and then I had decided that if it wasn't going to work, it wasn't going to work and I'd have to get over it because there are certainly a TON of people out there that never had a drop of breastmilk OR colostrum that are as healthy as ever and as smart as ever.  You're a great mom who loves her baby and that is THE most important thing at all.  Good luck and God bless.