Since you can’t measure how much your baby is drinking from your breast, how do you know if he is getting enough?
Unfortunately, many mums get anxious about not having sufficient milk and give up breastfeeding.
But, in most cases, you’ll have enough if you nurse frequently. Your baby should look content, alert and healthy.
Most babies will nurse for five to 30 minutes and let go when full. Don’t assume that your newborn is hungry when he cries.
He’s drinking enough if you see these signs:
– During the first two days, your baby should have two to three wet diapers. By the end of the week, this should increase to six to eight daily.
– Your baby’s stools will also change from dark green to greenish-yellow by Day 3 or 4. From Day 5, Baby will be passing yellowish, loose stools several times a day.
– Your baby will lose 10 per cent of her birth weight during the first week. This is perfectly normal. Thereafter, she should be gaining about 150g to 200g per week.
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Why are some mothers able to nurse for so long?
If you approach anything half-heartedly, then chances are it won’t work.
The Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group counsellors know breastfeeding is not so much a physical activity as it is a mental and emotional one. That’s why they encourage mums to think positive – start with “I will do” rather than “I will try”.
Chances are, you’ll do everything to nurse exclusively because you’ve already made up your mind – and will be mentally prepared for any problems that arise.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help even after you’re discharged. Look for a lactation consultant online or call the Breastfeeding Mothers’ Support Group at 6339-3558.