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South Country Health Alliance | Breastfeeding

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Breast feeding is the best nutrition for your new baby. Our booklet has a lot of information – here is some additional things to know.

What are the signs that my baby isn’t getting enough breast milk?

Watch for these signs if you’re concerned about your baby’s milk intake:

  • Your baby continues to lose weight. If your baby doesn’t start gaining weight after five days, or if he starts losing weight again any time after that, talk with his doctor.
  • Your baby is wetting fewer than six diapers in a 24-hour period after the five days following his birth.
  • Your baby has small, dark stools after his first five days.
  • Your baby’s urine is very dark, like the color of apple juice. (If his urine is pale or clear, he’s getting enough liquid. If it’s more concentrated, it may be a sign that he’s low on fluids.)
  • Your baby is fussy or lethargic much of the time. He may fall asleep as soon as you put him to your breast but then fuss when you take him off.
  • Your baby appears to have a dry mouth or eyes.
  • Your baby just doesn’t seem satisfied, even if feedings consistently take longer than an hour.
  • Your breasts don’t feel softer after nursing.
  • You rarely hear your baby swallow while nursing. (Some babies are very quiet feeders, so if all other signs are positive, don’t worry about this one!)

What happens if my baby doesn’t get enough breast milk?

Although most moms are able to provide their babies with all the milk they need, sometimes babies don’t get enough. And when the problem isn’t addressed, a baby can suffer from dehydration and failure to thrive, which are uncommon but serious problems.
If you’re concerned that your baby isn’t getting enough milk, call your baby’s doctor or check in with a nurse or lactation consultant. At these appointments, you’ll typically feed your baby while the consultant observes you and gives you valuable tips for breastfeeding success.
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