How Can I Be Sure My Baby Is Getting Enough Breastmilk?
It is very rare for a mother not to have enough breastmilk for her baby.
However, some women worry that their baby is not getting enough breastmilk.
During the first few weeks, it is helpful to keep track of how often you feed your baby and the number of wet diapers and bowel movements or stools your baby has each day.
Use this chart as a guide to the number of wet diapers and stools your baby should have during the first month of age.
| ||Wet diapers ||Stools |
|Day 1 ||1 to 2 wet diapers. ||At least 1 stool that is black and tarry, called meconium. |
|Day 2 || |
At least 1 to 2 wet diapers.
It is common to see small pink spots on the diaper, caused by uric acid in the urine.
|A least 1 stool that may have a greenish colour. |
|Day 3 || |
3 or more wet diapers.
You may still see small pink spots.
|At least 3 stools that are dark green or yellow. |
|Days 4 |
6 or more wet diapers each day, without any pink spots.
Diapers will seem heavier as your baby passes more urine.
3 to 4 soft, seedy, yellow stools each day.
Your baby may have a stool with every diaper change.
Day 7 to
|6 to 8 heavy, wet diapers each day, that have pale or colourless urine. ||At least 3 soft, yellow stools each day. |