How Can I Determine If My Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk?

Hungry BabyMany Mother’s Are Often Left Wondering if Their Baby is Getting Enough Breast Milk?

It is difficult to determine how much milk your baby is drinking while on the breast. This causes some moms to become concerned and then they get worried that their baby isn’t getting enough to eat.  If your baby is gaining weight and seems satisfied after a feeding session then you probably don’t have anything to worry about.  However, if your doctor has shown some concern with your baby’s weight, then you will want to help your baby put on additional weight.

A newborn will eat every two to three hours for the first few weeks of life.  Most babies will eat until they are satisfied.  Some baby’s are very efficient and eat quickly while babies take their time  and eat slowly.  There is no reason to be concerned as long as your baby as your baby seems satisfied.  Your baby will let you know if they are unsatisfied and aren’t getting enough breast milk.  Typically, a baby that is unsatisfied will continually cry or fuss after a feeding.

Disclosure:  This post is for informational purposes only.  If you are concerned with your babies weight gain, please consult your child’s pediatrician or a lactation consult for additional help.

Learn Babies Hunger Cues

Many new mothers are scared that they won’t know how to tell if their baby is hungry or has other unmet needs.  Babies don’t come home from the hospital with instruction manuals and it is up to the parents to learn how their baby communicates their wants and needs.  A baby can only communicate their needs to their mom and dad that they need something by crying.  However, if a baby is hungry he or she will have additional hunger cues.

Early cues:

  • Sucking on Fists
  • Smacking Lips
  • Rooting (Turning head towards shoulder)
  • Opens Mouth
  • Starts Fussing

Late Hungry Cues:

  • Heavy Crying
  • Sleeping too much due to lack of energy

These hungry cues can help you determine if your baby is hungry.  Hunger cues are another way that a baby communicates to their parents since they are unable to tell us what they need.

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