Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

  • Your new baby may have only one to two wet diapers during the first two days after the birth. At about the third or fourth day the baby should have at least six to eight wet cloth diapers or five to six wet disposable diapers.
  • In the first day or two after the baby has been born, the baby will pass meconium which is the greenish – black tarry stool. After the third day the baby should start having two to five bowel movements.
  • The baby can lose up to ten percent of her birth weight in the first three to four days after the birth. Once the milk has “come in” on day three to four, the baby should start gaining four to seven ounces per week or a pound a month.  This gain should be counted from the lowest weight (on day three or four) and not the birth weight.
  • The baby should nurse often, every one and a half to three hours averaging about eight to twelve times per day.
  • The baby should look healthy with good color and firm skin.
  • The baby will usually suck quickly to stimulate the milk let down. You should then hear the baby swallow after every one to two sucks.  If you can’t hear the baby swallow you can listen for a slight pause in the baby’s breath.
  • Your nipples should not be sore. If you have pain there may be a sucking problem.  Contact your doctor or midwife.


If the baby is not gaining weight or is loosing weight get help.  Keep in touch with the baby’s Doctor or Midwife.  There could be an underlying health problem.

Offer the breast for as long as the baby will nurse.  If the baby is sleepy, you may need to wake her up and encourage her to nurse.

Offer both breasts each time you nurse.  This way you can make sure that the baby can have all the milk available to her and well as stimulating the breasts to make more milk.

Make sure that the baby is latching on well.  Remember that the baby’s lips should be on the areola, and well behind the nipple.  Contact your Doctor or Midwife if you feel the baby is not latching on well.

Don’t start supplementing your baby with anything other than your breastmilk without talking to your Doctor or midwife first.

Make sure that you are well rested, eating nutritious food and drinking plenty of water.

Some things that can affect your milk production are: not breastfeeding early and frequently.  The milk or colostrum must be removed from the breast frequently to stimulate breast milk production.  Breast surgery, postpartum hemorrhage, thyroid disease, insufficient glandular tissue, prolonged sever engorgement and retained placenta.


Is my baby getting enough milk