New parents are often concerned about whether the little one is eating enough. Although each baby is unique, there are some basic rules.
How often should I feed on day one?
On the first day, Your Baby might want to drink milk every hour or two. If your baby is feeling very sleepy, you can encourage feeding, although hungry babies usually make themselves noticeable.
The first few days
Beyond those first few sleepy days, Your Baby may seem hungry most of the time. And the hunger is probably real, since the stomach is small and empties quickly.
Towards the end of the first week, your baby may be feeding about 12 times in 24 hours. Try to keep Your Baby near you, so you can easily pick up that your baby is hungry or ready for a snuggle.
How can I know if Your Baby is getting enough to eat?
The diapers can tell. If Your Baby is growing normally, you can trust your baby to let you know when to feed. However, the following signs will help you to be sure that Your Baby ’s feeding well:
- Your Baby gets fed at least 8 – 12 times in 24 hours.
- The little one has 1 – 2 sizeable, soaked nappies in the first two days.
- By day five, Your Baby ’s poos are yellow-mustard in color, and the little one is doing two poos (around the size of a coin) every 24 hours.
- By the end of the first 2 weeks, Your Baby should be gaining about 100 to 200 grams per week until the sixth month.
Signs that Your Baby isn’t eating enough
If your feeding is not working or Your Baby refuses to eat and show some strange symptoms, here are the signs to go see the doctor:
- Dark pee or orange crystals in Your Baby ’s diaper.
- Your baby would rather sleep than eat.
- Your Baby won’t latch onto your breast, or withdraw from you.
- Your Baby is fussy right after feedings.
If you are afraid your baby does not eat enough, contact your doctor or a lactation professional.