Does The Baby Get Enough Breast Milk?
Breastfed babies drink as much milk as they need, while those who are fed with infant formula need around 75ml to 100ml for each 0.5kg of body weight. All babies are different and they have different needs, including those related to food.
Most mothers who are breastfeeding ask themselves if their baby is receiving enough milk. You can find out if your child is getting enough milk if he`s feeding at least 8 to 12 times in 24 hours and seems satisfied after his meals. Other signs that your baby is getting enough milk are:
- He has a good muscle tone, a healthy skin color and his eyes sparkle;
- He wets 6 or more diapers during an entire day;
- Has wet stools, but not watery;
- If after his pediatric controls (these are recommended to be scheduled each month during his first year of life) is found that he gained weight and feels fine.
You Can Tell that your Baby Is Still Hungry If:
- He starts crying immediately after his meal and stops after you started breastfeeding him again;
- He`s sucking your fingers and he`s agitated;
- He doesn`t gain weight.
Another question that some mothers ask themselves is “How Do I Know When I Have to Feed Him?” If the baby becomes restless, more active, sticks to your chest and turns his head looking for your breast, he`s most likely hungry. When he`s crying, it`s the last sign that your baby is hungry.
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Does He Need to Drink Water?
Breast milk contains enough water, even during hot weather, so it isn`t necessary to give him anything else until 6 months old.
An additional amount of water from other sources than breast milk or infant formula can fill the baby`s belly and can have repercussions on his appetite.
Baby Growth Spurts
When they pass through a growth spurt, babies tend to eat a lot, wake up during the night more often and start to become restless. Around the age of 5 to 7 weeks, the first growth spurt can occur, and then around the age of 3 months.
There are parents who start their baby`s food diversification early hoping he won`t wake up during the night anymore. Another growth spurt can occur around 6 to 8 months when most babies have already started their food diversification, and then another one around 9 or 10 months.
5 Signs Your Baby Doesn`t Get Enough Milk
There are a lot of signs that could show you that your baby gets enough milk, starting with your breasts that you feel very full even if the baby stayed to the breast enough time to empty it; the disappointment of the baby who starts to cry when he`s taken away from the breast; the fact that the bay can consume a bottle filled with milk as soon as it has been taken away from the breast; the absence of milk leakage or the inability to take milk with the breast pump.
The Baby`s Stools
Normally, they should have mustard-like in color and a frequency of 5 – 6 times per day. After 3 – 4 months, the frequency of the stools will be reduced to 1 per day or at 2 days. These situations are normal, meaning that the baby receives enough milk. Instead, if the stools are darker in color, they are rare in frequency and in small quantities, then you should get in touch with a doctor, especially if there are other signs showing that the baby doesn`t get enough milk.
The Baby`s Urine
Typically, in the first few months, a baby dries 8 – 10 diapers per day. This means it`s well nourished. However, if you notice it has been a few hours since you changed his diaper and he didn`t manage to wet the new diaper, then he may not have received enough milk. – Read more!
The Baby`s Weight
The baby`s weight is the best possible sign that he eats well. Otherwise, he will get weaker or stagnates instead of accumulating. In this case, you need to take immediate action. Don`t forget that the baby starts to gain weight after 2 weeks of life (in the first few days after birth, he loses a few hundred grams, then in around 2 weeks, he gains what he has lost and starts to gain weight).
The Baby`s Condition After Meal
Adults or children, we all feel full after a meal and feel the need to take a nap. In case that the baby cries and is agitated after meal, this may be a sign that he`s still hungry and hasn`t received enough milk. For this to be a “sign” of trust, you should exclude other reasons that could make him nervous and agitated, such as colic, uncomfortable clothes or dirty diapers.
The Baby Swallows the Milk When He`s Sucking
When you sit with the baby at your breast, watch him and see if he swallows the milk – most of the time babies swallow quite loudly – this is a clear signs that your baby gets enough milk. Still, there are also quieter babies who eat properly without making noises.