There are many signs you can watch for to see if your baby is getting enough milk, including the following:
- Your baby passes enough clear or pale yellow urine. The urine is not deep yellow or orange
- Your baby has enough bowel movements
- Your baby switches between short sleeping periods and wakeful, alert periods
- Your baby is satisfied and content after feedings.
- Your breasts may feel softer after you feed your baby
- From birth to 3 months old, a baby usually will gain two-thirds to one ounce of weight each day. Keep in mind that many babies lose a small amount of weight in the first days after birth. Your baby’s doctor will check your baby’s weight at your first doctor visit after you leave the hospital. Make sure to visit your baby’s doctor for a checkup within three to five days after birth and then again when the baby is 2 to 3 weeks old.
How much do babies typically eat when breastfeeding?
A newborn’s tummy is very small, especially in the early days. Once breastfeeding is established, exclusively breastfed babies who are 1 to 6 months old take in between 19 and 30 ounces of breastmilk each day.
If you breastfeed your baby eight times a day, your baby will get around 3 ounces per feeding. But every baby is different.
At birth, the baby’s stomach can comfortably digest what would fit in a hazelnut (about 1 to 2 teaspoons). By around 10 days, the baby’s stomach grows to hold about 2 ounces, or what would fit in a walnut.