Is baby getting enough milk? We posed this commonly asked question to Diana West, I.B.C.L.C., an international board-certified lactation consultant. According to West, here are the three signs that a breastfeeding baby is getting enough milk:
1. Baby’s fists. During every feed, look for active swallows, and look at your infant’s fists. A baby who falls asleep with fists clenched may not be getting enough food. A baby whose hands gradually relax is usually getting plenty.
2. Diapers. In the first month, overall diaper output can be a helpful gauge. Each day, look for three stools larger than a quarter.
3. Weight gain. Beyond the first month, watch weight gain:
- For the first three months, a baby should gain at least 1 ounce per day
- From 4 to 6 months, a baby should gain at least 0.6 ounces per day
- From 7 to 9 months, a baby should gain at least 0.4 ounces per day
- From 10 to 12 months, a baby should gain 0.3 ounces per day