Post # 1
Okay this is spinoff from one of the responses in the other thread. For those of you that solely breastfeed, how can you tell if the baby is getting enough food. If you never pump into a bottle, how can you tell how much milk the baby is getting at each feeding session? Do you just go by if the baby seems full versus if the baby is still crying for food? Or is it essential to pump to see how many ounces you get each time?
Post # 3
@bells:Hi bells, these are good questions, wish i’d asked!
it’s the number of pees (i.e. heavy diaper) and poos each day. plus they should gain >15grams each day.
don’t pump, put the baby on your boob!
Post # 5
No matter if you breastfeed or bottle feed, newborns give the same signals when they’re hungry (rooting, crying, etc…) versus when they’re full (content, drowsy, asleep, etc…). Beyond that, weight gain and growth will clue you in if you’re babies not getting enough to eat.
Post # 6
Even if you pump it’s not a clear indication of how much they are getting. Babies are much better at getting the milk out than a pump, so they are getting more than it seems. Like pp said, as long as baby is gaining, pooing and peeing, baby is getting enough.
Post # 7
My sister in law was crazy and got a super sensitive scale and weighed her baby before and after every feeding to see how many ounces the baby took. Not recommending it… but if you are ever in doubt, I guess you could do that.
Post # 8
Haha thats sounds crazy lol
Post # 9
When she was first born they recommended her staying at the breast for a certain time every few hours – I think it was at least 15 min on each breast ever 2-3 hours starting from when feeding began. That was to help milk come in and get breastfeeding established. They also gave us a chart of how many pees and poops we should expect. My little girls a little hungry monster and when I said she was rooting they said well then nurse her, and it’s all gone well so far. It’s hard to make a baby unhealthily plump on breastmilk so erring on the side of more feeding than less is probably a good idea at first until you start to get into a rhythm. Newborns can be a bit sleepy so at first it might be a bit more looking at the clock to make sure they’re eating enough, but within a few weeks they make it well known if they are hungry little things…they have lots of feeding cues before crying so it’s good to try to pick those up so you don’t have to try and calm down the beast before breast.
Post # 10
we already had a kitchen scale and could use that until 15 lbs (well, less once you took into account the tub we set on top w/ a pillow, hehe