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Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

March 01, 2019

Is My Baby Getting Enough Milk?

We live in a modern world where we like to measure everything, from KPI's at work, to how many calories we consume and burn, how far we run, how much exercise we do, how much petrol our car has left, how much baby and children have grown. 

But when we become mothers, we are asked to trust our intuition and gut in what we can't see our baby is drinking. 

It is one of the biggest lessons of becoming a mum and with the right advice and support, you can be confident in knowing that your baby is doing just fine on your breast milk, even though you can't see it! And there actually are some very clear measures and indicators for knowing they are getting enough.

Beyond the birth of our baby, breastfeeding is single handedly one of the most challenging and rewarding things you will do. 

As new mothers (and as mothers with multiple children - many of these concerns and fears can come up each pregnancy/birth) our only desire is to make sure our baby is feed and content and thriving. And one of the easiest things to blame or worry about is your milk supply if baby is fussing, not sleeping etc... We start to question ourselves, 'they must still be hungry', 'they aren't getting enough milk', 'Im not making enough milk'. It can be a daunting and dark time to be thinking these things in the midst of your body recovering from birth, hormones going wild and suffering sleep deprivation.

If you are ever concerned about your supply or your or your baby's health, always seek immediate medical advice, it is not something that you should, nor anyone expects you to delay asking for help on.

Below are some things that are indicators that you need to be aware of:

Signs that can indicate low supply:

  • Less than 5-6 very wet nappies in 24 hours (urine should be a pale straw colour)
  • Less than 1-2 poos in 24 hours (for under 5 week old babies, poo isn't a reliable indicator as they get older)
  • Poor weight gain/slow gain

If baby is having 5-6 very wet nappies and 1-2 poos a day and gaining weight well, then other things like the below are not signs of low milk supply:

Normal baby behaviour, such as: fussing at the breast, short feeds, frequent feeds, feeding a lot over night, cat naps, not wanting to be put down.

Things that aren't a sign of low supply in mums (if above nappy and weight gains are met): breasts not feeling full, not feeling let downs, not being able to pump large amounts (some mums just don't respond to pumps).

Motherhood is one hell of a ride, trust your body, have a circle of trusted health professionals and friends who you can rely on and always seek immediate medical help if you are concerned for you or your baby's health.

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