How is breastfeeding going?
There are specific signs to look for that will let you know breastfeeding is going well, or if help is needed.
Mom and baby are doing well when:
Breastfeeding does not hurt. It is normal for the initial latch to be sensitive for a few days, but this sensitivity subsides in 5-10 seconds.
You hear swallowing. As your milk supply becomes plentiful around day 3, your baby will swallow after every 1 to 2 sucks.
Baby is content after eating.
Baby has at least 5 wet diapers and 3 poopy diapers per day once your milk is in.
Your baby is gaining weight.
Mom and baby need a little help when:
Your nipples are injured and/or breastfeeding hurts.
Baby latches on and falls asleep.
Baby cries within ten minutes after eating.
Baby “eats” all the time, mouthing the breast without a lot of swallowing.
Your baby isn’t having enough wet and poopy diapers.
Your baby is gaining less than 5.5 ounces per week.
The sooner you get help, the less time it takes to resolve the problem.