Watch for these signs to be sure that your newborn is getting enough milk:
- In the first few days of breastfeeding, you feel uterine cramping or notice an increase in vaginal bleeding while nursing. Some moms feel sleepy or thirsty. These are all signs that your milk is “letting down”, or flowing.
- You feel breast fullness 2-5 days after delivery. This is an indication of an increase in your milk supply.
- You are feeding your baby on cue, around 8-12 times in 24 hours, and she seems satisfied between most feedings.
- Your baby nurses as long as she wants on the first breast before you offer the other side.
- After the first few days, your breasts feel full before feeding and at least one is softer after feeding.
- Your baby is having several yellow stools each day and 6 or more wet diapers by the 5th day of life.
If you are not seeing these signs, contact a lactation consultant or your baby’s doctor right away.