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So obviously there’s no meter ...

So obviously there’s no meter or gauge on the breast to tell you exactly how much baby took at a given feeding. I know that sometimes that can cause anxiety in new parents or in experienced parents that may not have breastfed with previous children or pumped and bottle fed! I get it. You just want to know you’re baby is getting enough milk to thrive!

One of the best signs is weight gain, but home scales aren’t usually accurate enough for tracking that and after the first 2 weeks pediatrician appointments can be more than a month apart. So what can you do?

Watch for these positive signs -
✅ Frequent, active feedings - 8-12+ times per day in first few months
✅ At least 5-6 soaking wet diapers
✅ Yellow, seedy stools (2-3 per day in first few weeks but older babies may go a day or more between poopsplosions)
✅ Swallowing you can hear every 1-2 sucks
✅ Periods of content, happy baby
✅ Pain free latching

If you can check all those boxes, that’s a good sign things are going well! If you still have concerns or you’re not checking those boxes, check in with your IBCLC or pediatrician for a weight check and feeding evaluation.

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So obviously there’s no meter or gauge on the breast to tell you exactly how much baby took at a given feeding. I know that sometimes that can cause anxiety in new parents or in experienced parents that may not have breastfed with previous children or pumped and bottle fed! I get it. You just want to know you’re baby is getting enough milk to thrive! 

One of the best signs is weight gain, but home scales aren’t usually accurate enough for tracking that and after the first 2 weeks pediatrician appointments can be more than a month apart. So what can you do? 

Watch for these positive signs - 
✅ Frequent, active feedings - 8-12+ times per day in first few months
✅ At least 5-6 soaking wet diapers 
✅ Yellow, seedy stools (2-3 per day in first few weeks but older babies may go a day or more between poopsplosions) 
✅ Swallowing you can hear every 1-2 sucks 
✅ Periods of content, happy baby 
✅ Pain free latching

If you can check all those boxes, that’s a good sign things are going well! If you still have concerns or you’re not checking those boxes, check in with your IBCLC or pediatrician for a weight check and feeding evaluation. 

#ibclc #breastfeeding #breastfeedinghelp #breastfeedingtips #breastmilk #humanmilk #lactation #humanlactation #lactationconsultant #nursingparent #newbaby #letstalklactation #magicmilk #mothersmilk #supportisbest #preparedpregnancy #infantgrowth #handexpression #pumping #colostrum #newbornfeeding #feedthebabies #postpartum #latching #cincinnatibreastfeeds #cincyibclc #cincinnatiibclc #breastfeedcincinnati #cincinnatilactation #cincybaby