How do I know if my breastfeeding baby’s getting enough to eat?
Adequate weight gain is the best sign that your baby is eating enough. Once she has regained her birth weight by the end of the second week, she should begin to gain four to seven ounces per week.
Your baby’s diaper is another sign. Generally, in the first week of life, your baby should have a minimum of one wet diaper and two bowel movements every 24 hours. By the time she’s 8 days old and onward, she should have 6–8 wet diapers and 4–6 bowel movements each day.
If you have concerns about your baby’s weight gain, call your doctor.
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