Hi mamas! I’m Kristin Gourley, an IBCLC and mom to 5. I’m here today to answer our most commonly asked question!
One of the most common questions lactation consultants get is, “How do I know if my baby is getting enough?” Our culture is so used to measuring and knowing numbers and figures! It can be hard for us to switch our brains over and trust our bodies and our babies.
Since our breasts don’t come with measuring lines on them, we need other ways to be sure your baby is thriving from breastfeeding.
How to know if your baby is getting enough breastmilk:
- Baby’s growth. Baby is growing well—weight gain is important; but weight gain is not the only growth measurement that pediatricians track! Is baby growing in length and head circumference in addition to weight?
- Diaper output. About 6+ wet diapers and 3+ dirty diapers per day for the first couple of months. Sometimes babies go longer without pooping; this can be normal in babies over a month old. Remember: it can’t come out if it’s not going in!
- Baby’s behavior. Baby is content—all babies get fussy, but a well-fed baby will usually have periods of sound sleep and have content periods during the day.
- Baby’s development. Baby is developing appropriately and your pediatrician is happy with his or her development.
- Breast softness. You usually feel some relief after nursing and notice your breasts are a bit softer even if they fill again quickly.
If you can tick through that list successfully, then it is likely your breastfeeding relationship is thriving! If you’re not sure that you or your baby is doing well, we’d love to have an in-person or e-consult with you! If you’d like to learn more ways to promote your own breastfeeding success, check out our video class bundle. The classes go over everything you need to know to meet your breastfeeding goals!
Another way I’d love to share some breastfeeding wisdom with you is with our Top 10 Breastfeeding Tips. Click the image below to access them.
Thanks for stopping by,
Kristin Gourley, BS, IBCLC