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Is My Baby Getting Enough Breast Milk

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

A baby having only mother's milk and nothing else (no water) who urinates at least 6 times in a period of 24 hours is getting enough breast milk.

Why do many mothers complain of insufficient breast milk?

The mother should consider the number of times the child passes urine before deciding that the child is not getting enough milk. She often makes a wrong assumption that she is not producing enough milk in the following situations:

  • If the child's hand goes to his mouth and he starts sucking his fingers; 
  • If he takes his feed for a prolonged period;
  • If he finishes the feed fast;
  • If the breasts feel soft; 
  • Most common of all, if the child cries a lot. Remember that a baby does not always cry because she is hungry. The baby may just need some love and affection. Some babies derive comfort from just the act of suckling.  Another baby may have a wet nappy or he may be colicky; he may be feeling cold, hot or ill.

Can the baby's weight gain indicate whether breast milk is sufficient

Yes, adequate weight gain is an indication that the baby is getting enough breast milk. It is a common misconception that the baby must gain at least two pounds, or one kilo, per month.  Some normal babies may gain only half of that, or even less and still look (and be) very healthy. 

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