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Signs Baby is Getting Enough Breastmilk

Babies need to feed often because their stomachs are small. When they are born, a baby's stomach is the size of a cherry. By day three, it is the size of a walnut, and by one week of age their stomach is the size of an egg.

How do you know baby is getting enough breastmilk?

  • babies will typically feed eight or more times in a 24 hour period

  • baby has enough wet and dirty diapers for their age

  • their urine is clear or pale yellow

  • baby has a strong and loud cry

  • baby is alert and active

  • baby is content between feeds

  • baby comes off the breast relaxed and content

  • baby's mouth is wet and pink and their eyes are bright

  • mom's breasts feel softer and less full after breastfeeding

  • baby returns to birth weight 10 to 14 days after birth (they may lose some weight in the first few days) and continues to gain 20 to 35 grams each day

Frequent Feedings (Cluster Feedings)

This is when babies feed often for short periods of time. This is normal and often occurs in the evening. This may also occur for a few days when baby is going through a growth spurt, typically at two to three weeks of age, six weeks, three months and six months of age.

To learn more, contact the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak with a Family Health Nurse.