IS YOUR NEWBORN GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BREAST MILK?

22 March 2012 by , No Comments

One concern of mothers is if they’re providing and meeting the demands of their newborns’ nutritional needs. This is not uncommon, especially for first time mothers who have no idea on how to gauge whether they’re babies are getting a sufficient supply of milk from breastfeeding.

 

Here is a checklist of the things which you might need to check out to evaluate if you’re baby is getting the right amount of milk supply from breastfeeding

 

•INPUT vs. OUTPUT

 

During the first few days after delivery, you can check the efficiency of your breastfeeding technique by noting the frequency and pattern of elimination of your newborn.

 

Obviously, the output should never seem to be greater than the amount of milk that they take in. The input or the amount of milk that they take ion can be hard to measure when your newborn is directly feeding from your breasts.

 

However, you just need to check the quality, consistency, and color of your newborn’s stool for the first few days after delivery. A normal elimination pattern during the first week after delivery is six to eight times a day. They shouldn’t be passing meconium six days post-partum. If this is the case, you should seek a doctor’s advice and have your newborn check for any bowel condition or disease. The urination pattern should be five to ten times daily.

 

This elimination and urination pattern mean frequent diaper changes for your baby for the first few weeks of life. You don’t have to be alarmed if they’re doing the number 1 and 2 at frequent intervals. This is natural for the first few weeks since they’re systems are still adjusting to life outside of your womb.

 

•DON’T PANIC IF YOU NOTICE SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT LOSS DURING THE FIRST TEN DAYS AFTER DELIVERY

 

Weight loss for the first few days post-partum is normal in newborns. This is not something which you should bother yourself about. This is also the reason why you should be more than knowledgeable about positioning and latching. Since your newborn is losing weight during the first few days of his life, it is critical that you supply your newborn with more than sufficient amount of milk.

 

Don’t try to force feed your baby though. The key is to implement frequent feedings throughout the day. It doesn’t matter if it’s every two hours, just supply your baby with milk if you detect any sign of hunger in his actions and facial expressions.

 

•YOUR BREAST IS STILL IN GREAT SHAPE AND CONDITION

 

Most mothers focus too much on the signs in their newborns when they want to assess of their breastfeeding technique is effective. They forget to check their breast condition in the process. Mothers should also check overall quality and condition of their breasts. Check if there is discomfort around the areola and check if your nipples are sore. If there is anything stranger that you see and feel in your breasts, this can mean that you’re baby isn’t getting as much milk from your breasts.

 

Seek the help of lactation experts of how you can fix your problem so you can quickly go back to natural skin to skin contact and to your breastfeeding practices.

 

•SET-UP A DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT FOR YOU AND FOR YOUR BABY

 

This is very crucial to do thirty days post partum. Your baby’s pediatrician can check for the weight gain and the overall physical health of your newborn during the first month of life. The pediatrician will check your baby’s airways and interior mouth area to check if there are any abnormalities in those two areas. After thorough physical examination, the pediatrician might ask you about your latching technique.

 

If there’s anything wrong with the technique that you’re currently using, the doctor will be more than happy to instruct you on how you can properly execute latching so they get the most out of the milk that your breasts are producing.

 

It’s also recommended that you go to your gynecologist/general physician as well to check if your milk production capacity is normal or not. If there is something wrong with your milk producing capacity, your doctor can very well provide you with prescribed supplements which will help you increase milk production for your baby.

 

This is just some of the most important things that you might want to add on you breastfeeding efficiency checklist. If you’ve done all of these things to ensure that your newborn is getting the right amount of milk supply, then you do not need to worry about your parenting and feeding techniques anymore.

 

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