Q&A: Lactation
My breastfeeding baby always seems to be hungry. How do I know my baby is getting enough breastmilk?

Weight gain is the best signal your baby is getting enough breastmilk. However, during the first days at home, keeping a written record of your baby's feedings, urine, and bowel movements also will help you gauge your baby's progress. Generally, your baby should have a minimum of one wet diaper per day of life until the sixth day. (Example: by day three baby should have three to four wet diapers and a minimum of two bowel movements per 24 hours.) By day six your baby should have six to eight wet diapers and four to six bowel movements per 24 hours. Once baby has reached this amount, he's probably getting enough breastmilk. Remember, it's very common for a newborn to eat frequently, sometimes every hour and a half. Such frequent feedings are necessary because breastmilk is easily digested. Nursing as often as your baby wants will keep him content and you comfortable. What's more, frequent nursing will build up your breastmilk production.

The content on these pages is provided as general information only and should not be substituted for the advice of your physician.

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