How to know if your newborn is getting enough milk
After gaining back their initial weight loss after birth, your baby continues to gain weight. In the first week, you can expect an increasing number of dirty diapers every day (1 on the first day, two on the second day, etc.). After day 4, it is normal to expect 4 or more stools a day. The normal stool will be loose, sometimes containing small lumps. When it comes to wet diapers, the dynamics are similar, with the number of wet diapers increasing from day one, reaching 6 or more diapers a day after day 4.
Drinking cow’s milk can sometimes affect your little one causing symptoms such as bloating, skin rash, face swelling, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. due to the protein present in cow’s milk that your baby may be allergic to. If you are worried that this may be the case, talk to your physician about not drinking cow’s milk for a couple of weeks and see if your baby’s symptoms subside.
If you notice that:
- Your baby has no dirty or wet diapers,
- The color of the urine is dark (after day 3),
- The color of the stool is dark (after day 4),
- Your baby doesn’t nurse as often as recommended or if
- Your breasts are sore or you have a fever and flu-like symptoms,
You should consult your physician for further advice.