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How to Breastfeed: Milk Supply

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Some mothers may be concerned that their baby is not receiving enough milk when breastfeeding and want to find ways to increase their milk supply.? Baby's Intake Newborns usually need to feed between eight and 15 times per 24 hours. If they are feeding that frequently, they will be consuming a lot of milk. When your baby is feeding, listen for swallowing between the sucking. This is an easy way to tell how well your baby is eating. Monitor Output Another effective way to evaluate your baby's intake is by keeping track of how much it pees and poops. The amount that comes out of your baby reflects how much the baby is eating. In the first day of life, your baby may have one wet diaper. The first poops will be black and tar-like. This is called meconium, which is the remnants of the materials the baby consumed while in the uterus. The colostrum that the mother's breasts produce in the first days of breastfeeding acts as a laxative to help push out the meconium.? On the baby's second day of life, it should have about two wet diapers and a few more poops that are dark and tar-like. Around the second or third day, the mother's milk will transition from the colostrum to a mature milk supply.? Around days three and four, the baby will start to pee anywhere from three to four times per day. In addition, the poop will change from the dark color to a brownish-greenish color with a pancake-like consistency.? By day five, six or seven, the baby will transition again and produce even more pee and poop every 24 hours. The poop will change to a yellow color. By the end of the first week the baby should be making six to eight wet diapers per day. It will be pooping anywhere from two to 10 times per day, depending on the size of the poops. It may produce many smaller poops or fewer medium-sized ones.? If your baby wears disposable diapers, it may be more difficult to tell when there's a wet diaper. One trick is to line the diaper with tissue or toilet paper. Then when the diaper is wet you'll be able to see right away.? Tracking Weight You can also determine if your baby is eating enough by tracking its weight gain or loss. In the first couple of days after birth, it's normal for your baby to lose anywhere from seven to 10 percent of its birth weight. After the first week, the baby should start gaining about a half an ounce to one ounce per day and return to their birth weight by the end of the second week.? If you notice that your baby is not peeing enough, not pooping enough or not gaining weight when it should, talk to your pediatrician or lactation consultant. You may have an issue with your milk supply or need to increase your supply for your baby to receive more milk.? Increase Milk Supply The easiest way to increase your milk supply is by latching your baby properly and comfortably. In addition, the more frequently you breastfeed, the more milk you will produce. Breast milk is created on a supply and demand basis, so if you nurse more frequently, your milk supply will increase.? You can also talk to a doctor or lactation consultant about increasing your supply. There are many common herbs, prescription drugs and herbal teas that will help this issue. Read more by visiting our page at:
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