In the beginning, you will know your newborn is getting enough milk if he stops passing meconium (thick black or dark-green stools) after about four days, and begins to pass yellow, seedy, runny stools three or more times a day.
During the 1st month, your baby will wet between six and eight diapers and probably have two bowel movements per day. Once your milk supply is established, he should gain about 2/3 ounce per day during his first 3 months. Between 3 and 6 months, weight gain tapers off to about 1/2 ounce per day.
Other signs to look for:
- He sleeps for a couple of hours after feeding.
- He breastfeeds every two to three hours, at least eight times in a 24-hour period.
- He usually breastfeeds for 10 or more minutes and for no longer than an hour (but let your baby, not the clock, decide how long a feeding lasts).
- You can hear a rhythm of suck/pause/suck during feedings.
- Your baby usually breastfeeds at both breasts.
- Your breasts feel full before a feeding and softer afterward.
- He appears settled and no longer hungry after feedings.
Charting the course: Patterns commonly seen in breastfed infants
|Urine Output||3–4 days||Pale yellow to clear (not deep yellow or orange)|
|5–7 days||6 or more wet diapers|
|Stools||1–2 days||Thick, tarry, and black color|
|3–4 days||Greenish-yellow color|
|5 days||Yellow color (not white or clay-colored) with watery, seedy, or mustard-like texture|
|By 5–7 days||3–4 stools/day|
|1 month and older||Number of stools might vary (can be several stools/day, 1 every 3–4 days, or 1/week).|
|Weight Gain||Birth–6 months||4 oz–8 oz/week|
|7–12 months||3 oz–6 oz/week|
|Breastfeeding Pattern||Birth–1 month||8–12 feedings/24 hours|
|1–2 months||7–10 feedings/24 hours|
|2–4 months||6–9 feedings/24 hours|
|4–6 months||6–8 feedings/24 hours|
Track your baby's feedings using this worksheet. Download Feeding Tracker PDF(24.3MB).