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How Can I Be Sure My Baby Is Getting Enough Breastmilk?

It is very rare for a mother not to have enough breastmilk for her baby. However, some women worry that their baby is not getting enough breastmilk.

You can tell that baby is breastfeeding well when:
  • You hear, see and feel your baby sucking and swallowing.
  • Your baby is feeding at least 8 or more times in 24 hours, about every 2 to 3 hours.
  • Your baby has enough wet diapers and stools (see the chart on the next page).
  • Your breasts feel softer and less full after feeding, after the first 4 days.
  • Your baby seems content and settled between most feeds.
  • Your baby is alert and growing after day 4.

During the first few weeks, it is helpful to keep track of how often you feed your baby and the number of wet diapers and bowel movements or stools your baby has each day.

Use the chart on the next page as a guide to the number of wet diapers and stools your baby should have during the first month of age.

  Wet Diapers Stools
Day 1 1 to 2 wet diapers. At least 1 stool that is black and tarry, called meconium.
Day 2 At least 1 to 2 wet diapers.

It is common to see small pink spots on the diaper, caused by uric acid in the urine.

A least 1 stool that may have a greenish colour.
Day 3 3 or more wet diapers. You may still see small pink spots. At least 3 stools that are dark green or yellow.
Days 4 to 6 6 or more wet diapers each day, without any pink spots.

Diapers will seem heavier as your baby passes more urine.

3 to 4 soft, seedy, yellow stools each day.

Your baby may have a stool with every diaper change.

Days 7 to 1 month of age 6 to 8 heavy, wet diapers each day, that have pale or colourless urine. At least 3 soft, yellow stools each day.