milk for your baby?
Many mommies give up breastfeeding because they
think that they do not have enough milk supply.
The secret to breastfeeding is frequent feeding.
The law of economics where demands = supply applies
to breastfeeding too.
But is your milk
supply really low?
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If your healthy
baby shows these signs, then your milk supply is fine.
- At least six to eight very wet cloth nappies in
24 hours (provided no other fluids or solids are being
given), or at least five heavily wet disposables.
- A very young baby will usually have two or more
soft bowel movements a day for the first several weeks.
An older baby is likely to have fewer than this. In
fact some breastfed babies can go up till 21 days
between bowel movements. As long as the baby is well
and there are plenty of wet nappies, there is nothing
to worry about. The normal range can be from more
than six a day to one every ten days. The colour of
baby’s urine should be pale yellow.
- Good skin colour and muscle tone.
- Your baby is alert and reasonably contented.
- Good weight gain (of about 115-400g per week for
the first three months) and growth in length and head
Some reasons for low supply are
- not enough feeds, or feeds too short
- poor latching
- changing sides too soon
- tension, pain or over-tiredness ( bearing in mind
that most new mothers and fathers would feel this
- supplementing with formula
- Using of pacifier
- introduction of solids too early
- hormonal change in the mother eg ovulation, menstruation
and pregnancy, contraceptive pill
- drugs, prescribed, over-the-counter, and herbal
- very very rarely, a physiological inability ( inborn
or from surgery)
following quick handout guides which I think are very
useful for many here :
Is your baby getting enough? from www.kellymom.com
Compiled from the
Contributed by Florence Tan
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