In summary – your newborn baby will feed about eight times a day in the early weeks, be “settled” after most feeds, and be maintaining a steady weight gain (usually measured weekly) and be having about 7 to eight wet nappies a day, – that way you know he/she is getting enough!
Some professionals also take into account the number of bowel motions the baby is having, but as some breast-feeding babies can go for days without a bowel motion – I do not use this as a gauge. Also, most importantly – the baby will no longer be showing signs of hunger, such as fist-sucking, mouthing etc.
My follow up to this Mom when her baby had not regained her birth-weight by 3 weeks of age, and had to have infant formula as well as breast-milk. The Mom was very upset about this, but Lily quickly recovered, and they are going to try exclusive breast-feeding if she is continuing to gain weight as she should.
Michelle also says:
“Other than that, have twice gone out with Lily on my own – to be weighed yesterday at the local clinic, and brought her home from the Birth Unit on my own today. So feeling very proud of myself.”
As for going out with Lily on your own – well done – until you have had to do it – you can’t imagine what is involved.
I remember being on holiday with friends when my baby was about 6 weeks old – it was extremely rare for me ever to be able to get food into my mouth – and everyone else would be eating away, and as for going out – they would be gone, and in the car – and I would be packing and remembering etc. and wishing I could just rush out too!
Get that “going out baby-bag” of yours really well organised – and always replace what you have used – immediately you get back!! (I initially refused to get a bag together!!!- I thought with all my qualifications – I didn’t need one!! – big mistake!!)