6 Only True Signs of Low Milk Supply

The best food that you can give your baby is breast milk. As per WHO guidelines, a baby should be exclusively breastfed until six months of age.

Such is the importance of breast milk that mothers try their level best to feed this “liquid gold” to the baby.

But breastfeeding is also a matter of concern for new moms. Am I producing enough milk? Is my baby feeling full after every feed? These are but a few of the concerns that moms have.

The first thing that you should consider is the sucking pattern of the baby. The baby will initially suck fast to express the milk.

Watch the sucking pattern

Once the milk starts flowing, then the sucking becomes long and deep. You should be able to hear the sound of the baby swallowing the milk and even spot milk in the baby’s mouth.

A healthy baby should follow a predictable weight gaining pattern. A newborn baby loses around 5% – 7% of their birth weight during the initial few days after the birth.

Not gaining weight

This is the extra fluid leaving the baby’s body. After that, the baby slowly starts gaining weight. Typically, the baby should regain birth weight within two weeks.

Another way to figure out whether the baby is getting enough milk is to count the number of wet diapers.

Not enough wet diapers

If you are using a cloth napkin, then the napkin should get wet after every feed, or the most after two feeds. If it’s not the case, then the baby is not getting enough milk.

A newborn baby’s poop is black in color. This discharge is called meconium.

Poop color does not change

Meconium contains cells, bile, and amniotic fluid that entered the baby’s body while in the womb. The baby will continue passing black poop for the first one week.

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All material provided is for your information only and should not be construed as medical advice or instruction. Please consult your doctor.