by Udita Saklani
We are all aware of the benefits of breastfeeding, however- most new moms often ask themselves whether their baby is getting enough breastmilk? Here are 5 signs which determine low supply!
Welcome to the most beautiful chapter of your life- motherhood. It is often advised that you should start breastfeeding as soon as your new little one is born. While some mothers start feeding their new born immediately, others often fail to express breast milk. Almost 90% of women start feeding within 48 hours of their arrival of their new born. Now that you have started on your breastfeeding journey, it is important that you keep a tab on how much milk you are expressing and if the baby’s tummy is full or not. Here is a list of pointers you should consider if you are a breastfeeding mom:
1. Number of wet diapers:
Number of soiled diapers in a day is the best mode of knowing the quantity of breast milk which you are expressing. This is the reason why doctors advise for the use of cloth diapers. If you feel that no more than 5 diapers are getting wet in an entire day, then it is a clear sign of the baby not getting his feeds properly. In an ideal scenario, close to 10 diapers should be going inside the laundry basket.
2. Number of bowel movements:
In the first few days after the birth, a baby generally passes motion 4-5 times a day. While the urine indicates the quantity of fluid in the milk, stool determines the quality of your breast milk, thus establishing a direct link with what a mother takes in her diet. The stool color should change from sticky black green (meconium, in this case) to yellow mustard in color.
3. Breasts feel sore and heavy after the feed:
4. Baby not gaining weight:
All babies lose some amount of their weight due to loss of water after they are born. After a few days, if the feeds are going in a rhythmic fashion, the weight should increase at a steady pace. Check with your doctor for growth chart and baby food chart of your baby.
5. Baby is still fussy after the feeds:
Often mothers fail to recognize the symptoms of baby’s tummy not getting full. They wonder, as to why the baby is still crying even after the feeding has been done. Watch out if the baby is latching on properly and is feeding for at least a good ten to fifteen minutes.
Well now that you have recognized the symptoms of baby not getting enough breast milk, here is a look at some pointers on what can be done in such scenarios:
- Check whether the baby can latch onto the breast properly. Many new moms and babies find latching difficult. If you are also facing the same issue, you can reach out to a lactation consultant for the same.
- Sometimes, the baby is taking the desired number of feeds in a day, yet he is hungry. This is an indication that you are not able to produce enough breast milk. Monitor your daily diet and include foods which are said to increase breast milk supply.
- Keep a track of the baby’s weight after your discharge from the hospital. The initial weight will decrease, but after a few days the weight should start increasing. If that is not happening, check with your doctor for this.
- If you feel you that not enough milk is getting produced, do some changes in your daily diet. Observe the link between the supply and food pattern you follow. Have lots of liquids like lemonade, lassi and coconut water and foods rich in dietary fiber. Get enough rest and eat well.
- If your baby is a sleepy feeder, constantly rub at the back of his ears, to prevent him from going to sleep. This will enable him to stay awake during feeds, thereby having a full tummy.