Lactation Consultant: How to Know When A Baby is Full

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Posted on 22nd October 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

If you breast feed your baby, it can be difficult to determine just how much milk he is getting.  Fortunately, the milk production is based works by the principle of supply and demand.  The more your baby demands, the more milk your body will produce according to baby’s needs.  I learned this through my lactation consultant training, an important allied health field.

Babies usually feed for at least 10 minutes on each side the first few days following their birth.  It is common to have to nurse on both sides.  You can tell that your baby is feeding correctly when you see his lower jaw moving steadily.  Usually when baby is full, he will fall asleep or stop sucking and remain contentedly awake.  If he cries or fusses, before offering more milk, try burping baby.  He may have gas.    It can be convenient to burp baby before switching sides.

You will notice after baby eats that your breasts may feel softer and less tense.  Another sign that baby is getting enough milk is the amount of soiled diapers he produces.  Breast-fed babies tend to have runnier stool compared to bottle-fed babies.

If you think that your baby is not being satisfied with your milk production consult with your pediatrician.  In some instances, stress and anxiety can cause you to have insufficient milk production.  Ensure that you are drinking a lot of water, eating a balanced diet and getting adequate rest. There are also many over-the-counter lactation teas available that can help to increase your milk production.

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