It is difficult to track the quantity of breast milk your baby is consuming while breastfeeding. To my knowledge no one have developed a breast milk meter. And unless you pump breast milk and bottle feed there is little hope of quantifying the volume of breast milk your baby consumes during a given breastfeeding session. Here is an easy trick to determine if your baby is getting enough breast milk.
This trick entails keeping track of what comes out of the other end. New mothers are encouraged to pay close attention to their babies diapers. You can expect five or six wet diapers a day, any less and it could be a sign that your baby is dehydrated. After the black tarry looking meconium has been cleared of their system. Young breastfed babies will have two to five bowel movements every twenty four hours. It is not uncommon for babies to have a bowel movement after a breastfeeding session.
In the early weeks of life, frequent bowel movements are a good sign that your baby is getting plenty of the hind milk. Hind milk is one of the types of breast milk. Hind milk is higher in fat and provides the calories your baby will need as they grow. Hind milk is a mature milk that released early in the breastfeeding session when you feel the let-down reflex.
Around six weeks of age, you can expect your baby’s bowel movements to be further apart. It is not uncommon for breastfed babies of this age to have bowel movements every other day with no signs of constipation.
Is your baby getting enough milk? Just remember that what goes in must come out and as long as you are keeping track of the frequency of diapers you will have a good idea of how well they are feeding.