How much breast milk is enough?
There is no magic number for knowing if you have “enough.” In the first few weeks, an awake baby is a hungry baby, so feeding on demand is the best technique for building an adequate supply. If you think you are feeding enough and baby is not gaining weight or still appears hungry after feeds, then we recommend you seek advice from an IBCLC.
Indicators of good milk supply:
Baby is feeding 8-12 times per 24 hours.
Feed on demand - do not wait until baby is crying to feed.
In the first few weeks, look for these hunger signs: hand-to-mouth movements, stretching in sleep, tongue movements in sleep, noises and light sleep.
You can hear/see baby actively swallowing during every feed. Typical pattern when baby is at the breast is to suck-suck-swallow-rest-repeat. When babies are younger rest will be a little longer in between sucks and swallows.
Baby is back to birth weight by week 2.
Baby is gaining about 3/4 to 1 ounce per day in the first 3 months.
Baby has 6 or more wet diapers a day by day 6
Bowel movements have transitioned from dark brown meconium to yellowish and seedy by day 6. Typically, babies will have 3+ bowel movements a day, but not all babies follow this pattern.
Baby appears satisfied after feedings. Look at their arms - are they pulled in close to their chest and are they fussy (aka still hungry) or are there arms flopped out towards their side in satisfaction?
What do I do if I really think I have low supply?
Weighing is always a good indicator of how much baby is getting. Find an IBCLC-led breastfeeding group to see what your baby is transferring and gaining from each feeding.
Pumping also helps to ensure that your breasts are being drained regularly, as this tells your body to make more milk. Sometimes it is necessary
the mama ‘hood Breastfeeding Group Schedule:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00pm
Fridays at 3:30pm
Product Resources at the 'hood
Order online or stop by our Retail Store for one-on-one help from our expert Retail Mavens. Some of the products we recommend for help with milk supply are:
- Hospital Grade Pump Rental available for $65/month or $4/day - Call 303-643-5662
- Motherlove herbal products (More Milk Plus, Moringa, Goat's Rue, Shatavari, etc.)
- Pumpin Pals flanges for your breast pump
- Birds & Bees Teas Our Lady of La Leche Tea Tin
- Milkmakers Lactation Cookies
- Hands free pumping bra
Classes and Groups:
Breastfeeding Group - led by one of our expert IBCLCs, this group is for any mama who wants help with breastfeeding, has questions, or just wants to come for support. We will do a pre and post-feed weight for baby.
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00pm
- Fridays at 3:30pm
Postpartum Support Group - If you are a mama to a baby - this group is for you. This is a time to get out of the house, connect with other mamas, and discuss the joys and challenges of mama ‘hood. This group is completely open and non-judgmental. Come for advice, support, to laugh, or just to get out of the house.
- Wednesdays at 1:00pm
Private Consults: Our expert lactation team is thrilled to work with moms, babies, and families to meet their breastfeeding goals through in-office, in-home lactation or Skype consults. To schedule a consult, call the front desk at 303.643.5662 or text the Boob Hotline at 303.887.9161