Breastfeeding - FAQs

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Babies Have Little Bellies!

New parents sometimes worry that their babies aren't getting enough to eat. Infants have small stomachs, so they don't need too much! The fruit represents how big the stomach is and the measurement is how much milk a baby needs.

 

How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk?

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  • It is normal for newborns to lose 7% of their birthweight in the first few days of life. The average breastfed baby gains 5-7 oz/week for the first 4 months. 
  • You should be keeping track of baby’s wet and dirty diapers. 
  • Wet diapers: before mom’s milk comes in and baby is getting colostrum, they should have 1 wet diaper for each day of life. When milk comes in, on day 3,4 or 5, they should have 5-6 wet diapers every 24 hours.
  • Dirty diapers: First 3 days of life, baby should have 1 poopy diaper for each day of life. After day 4, they should have at least 3-4 poopy diapers every 24 hours.