Short Answer:  If your baby is gaining weight, feeding at least 6-8 times a day, and seems content after feeding then is likely your baby is getting enough breast milk. Read on for more signs that your baby is (or isn’t) getting enough breast milk.

Your Baby Is Getting Enough Breast Milk If:

  • Your doctor is satisfied with how much weight your baby has gained since birth. 
  • Your baby is feeding at least 6-8 times a day and seems satisfied after a feeding session.
  • Your breasts feel fuller before, and softer after a feeding. (Note, changes in fullness will be less noticeable when your baby is older and your breasts become more efficient at producing the exact amount of milk your baby needs.)
  • You feel your baby sucking vigorously, hear swallowing throughout the feeding, feel your milk ejection reflex, and your baby drifts off to sleep soon after feeding; this means they are likely getting enough.
  • Your baby is urinating enough.  They should have 6-8 wet diapers every 24 hours once they are more than five days old.
  • The color of your baby’s urine is pale and odorless.
  • Your baby seems to be latched on properly.  Breastfeeding feels comfortable, not painful, for you.
  • In the first few days, infants’ stools gradually change from the sticky black stools to green, then brown. Within a day or two of mother’s milk “coming in.” They become “milk stools,” which are yellowy-mustard color. This should happen by the time your baby is five days old.

Your Baby May Not Be Getting Enough Breast Milk If:

  • Your baby doesn’t regain his birth weight or put on enough weight (according to your doctor) in the first few days.
  • He/she is fussy after a feeding or wants to feed constantly.
  • Your breasts don’t feel any softer after you feed your baby.
  • He/she sleeps a lot, is lethargic, or cries most of the time.
  • He/she is peeing less than 6-8 times per day after they are five days old.
  • Baby’s skin is still wrinkled after their first week of life.
  • Your baby has sunken cheeks, or makes strange clicking sounds while breastfeeding. This could be a sign that they are not latching on properly. (Contact your lactation consultant).
  • Your baby’s skin becomes more yellow after the first week. This could be a sign of breastfeeding jaundice (meaning they are not getting enough milk).

Breastfeeding is a confidence game. If your baby is producing enough wet diapers, gaining weight, latching and sucking well… you’re doing fine mama. Your baby is getting enough breast milk. Don’t worry.  

However, If you suspect you aren’t making enough milk, your baby isn’t gaining weight properly, or you are experiencing any of the other signs that may indicate your baby isn’t feeding properly…call your doctor or lactation consultant right away.