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If your Newborn still hungry? Signs to tell when they’ve had enough 

“How to tell if my baby is getting enough breast milk” is probably one of the first things I googled after bringing my first child home.   I couldn’t tell if my baby was getting enough to eat. After a few minutes of feeding she would begin squirming about and fuss a little. I was having trouble reading her cues. I would put a little pressure on my breast  to make sure there was milk coming out, there was, but was she getting enough to eat? 

I think all first time mom’s have this same worry (at least I hope I wasn’t the only one!). How can you tell if your baby is getting enough to eat? Here are a few signs to keep an eye out for:

-After the feeding, your baby seems calm and relaxed.

-If your baby is fussy or crying, they could still be hungry. However, if you have fed your baby for an adequate amount of time on each breast, they could be having tummy troubles. Read up on solving gas troubles here.

-Another reason your baby could be fussing is the position they are eating in. Try holding your head in the same position they are in and swallowing a sip of water. If it’s difficult for you, it’s definitely difficult for baby. Try adjusting to a more comfortable position.

-Take note of the size of your beast before and after the feeding. They should be significantly softer after the feeding since your baby has drained you of all the milk.

-Is your baby having wet diapers? This is a big sign that he or she is getting enough to eat. Dirty diapers aren’t always a solid sign (pun intended) as some breast fed babies can go a day without a poopy diaper if mamas breast milk is well absorb and doesn’t create waste.

-Can you hear your baby swallowing while nursing? If so, they are getting milk and will get full!

-Watch your baby’s hands… a relaxed hand means they are full and relaxed. 

If you are worried you might not be producing enough milk for baby, be sure to read this article on how to double your breast milk production in 48 hours. It has been viewed almost 2 million times by breastfeeding mamas!

If your baby seems to be having a decrease in wet diapers or their wet diapers seem to be a darker color of urine, then your baby might not be getting enough and you should contact their pediatrician. They may be able to offer you some breast feeding tips or recommend a lactation consultant.

 Remember that while this whole breast feeding thing is new and hard for you, it’s just as new and complicated for your baby too.  Stick to it. It will get easier and you will be happy you powered through!

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