Is Baby Full?
Determining the quantity of milk that your baby drinks when breastfeeding isn't easy. But, determining if your baby has had enough is easy, once you know the signs of fullness. Your baby will let you know if he is if satisfied or not. Some signs are impossible to miss.
Signs That Your Baby Is Eating Well
While feeding your baby, is he calm, relaxed and swallowing regularly? Then he is likely getting the right amount of milk. If the pace is slightly faster or if he takes a little break before starting to drink, this is also normal: it’s the baby who dictates the pace and decides when he's had enough. Another sign that your baby is getting enough milk: you’ll find his diaper wet and needing to be changed five to six times per day. For you, breastfeeding should now feel comfortable, with no pain. After nursing, you should find that your breasts are softer.
Signs that your baby is not getting enough to eat: Your baby is restless, tense or rarely swallows; The number of daily feedings decreases abruptly; He cries constantly or seems fussier than usual. In all these cases, consult your pediatrician.
The weight curve of your baby is the most important clue, so watch it closely. The first few days after birth, babies can lose up to 10% of their birth weight. After that, they rapidly put the weight back on, plus more. Often, you will have a scheduled pediatrician visit three to five days after returning home from the hospital, during which your baby will be weighed.
Tips For Successful Breastfeeding
Each baby has his own pace. There’s no minimum or maximum feeding that your baby should be doing. Only your baby knows when he is hungry or thirsty. Some babies feed quickly and are finished in 10 minutes, while others need more time. Your baby does not want to drink anymore, and seems happy? This is a sign that he is sated; you can stop trying to nurse him.
Another tip: at each feeding, consider changing the first breast you offer to your baby. To remember which side you last fed the baby on, put a bracelet or hairband in the corresponding arm to the breast that you last nursed on. Or, write it down in a notebook or log it on a smart phone app.