Is my baby getting enough?

Your baby should be alert and drinking at the breast. You can also tell by the number of heavy wet diapers your baby has each day.
For more information:
www.breastfeedinginc.ca (opens in new window)
Breastfeeding Support Services Phone: 519-749-4355

Day One:

Expect your baby to feed a minimum of four to five times in the first 24 hours. This is an important time for continuous skin to skin and resting. If your baby does not latch, keep baby close, and watch for your baby’s feeding cues. Learn how to hand express. A baby’s stomach is very small so a few drops of colostrum is all that is needed to provide enough nourishment. It is liquid gold. You, your partner and your baby are learning how to breastfeed. It is important to rest and recover from the birth. Most moms and babies are discharged between six and 24 hours after birth.

Day Two:

This can be a busy day when baby starts to nurse more often, sometimes every hour. This is normal; it’s called cluster feeding. Baby needs to feed a minimum of eight times in 24 hours, both breasts at each feeding. This helps to establish breastfeeding and bring your mature milk in faster. We encourage you to limit visitors and rest in between feeds. For more information about baby’s second night, visit the helpful links and resources page.

Day Three:

Expect a minimum of eight to 10 feeds per day; baby may feed every one to three hours. Breast milk is easily digested and frequent feeding is normal. Remember to watch the baby for early feeding cues. One longer sleep period of four to five hours is to be expected, not necessarily at night-time. Be sure to sleep when the baby does and catnap throughout the day. 

You and your baby both need time and support to learn this new skill. The first few weeks are the most important time for establishing an adequate milk supply. Ask for support if you need it to help make breastfeeding work for you and your baby.

Temporary engorgement can occur – removing the milk frequently is important. See www.breastfeedinginc.ca (opens in new window) for more information.

The use of pacifiers/soothers and artificial teats are not recommended in the early weeks as this can affect your milk supply.