As a first-time mom I always used to worry whether I am feeding my baby enough and whether my baby’s tummy is full or not. My constant concern through day 1 has been whether I’m establishing enough milk supply to feed him. With time I realized this has been a common fear amongst most new mothers. If you are a new mom and you have got the same concern regarding feeding your baby, here are few basic pointers that you would want to know –
A newborn baby usually drinks 5-7ml of milk every 2-3 hour on Day 1 or 2.
From Day 3 onwards the capacity increases to 20-30ml every 2-3 hours.
As the growth of the baby progresses, the capacity increases to 45-60ml i.e. 1.5-2 Oz of milk every 2-3 hours in Week one.
Similarly, by a month the baby will have 80-150ml which is 2.5 – 5 Oz every 2-3 hours.
Few things to remember while feeding your baby:
1. Feed on demand till the first month. Don’t think or emphasis on the fact that you fed the baby just an hour ago.
2. Baby should suck actively on the Breast for at least 15-20 minutes, one breast at a time.
3. Breastfeeding should not be painful, if it is painful then the latch is incorrect. Unlatch the baby and try again.
4. De-latching – Insert little finger in the corner of baby’s mouth to break the suction and gently pull out the nipple.
5. Keep the baby at 30 degrees or slant while feeding.
6. Burp the baby after every feed by holding the baby upright on the shoulder for 20-25 minutes. Burping will avoid spit ups and Colic pain issues in your baby.
8. During the night, do not wake up the baby to feed. Instead dream feed the baby. It is okay if the baby is fed at the interval of 4 hours during the night.
How to ensure if the baby is getting enough feed? – Signs!
A. If the baby is peeing enough (which means 8-10 times or more), the baby is being well fed.
B. If the baby is gaining healthy weight, the baby is getting enough feed.
C. While breastfeeding, if you hear small swallowing/gulping sounds or observe little movements in his lower jaw, it indicates a good breastfeeding session.
D. If the baby is fed adequately the stool colour turns into dark yellow within the second week.