Breastfeeding Issues

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by Penny Simkin, PT; et al.

Breastfeeding: Signs Your Baby Isn’t Getting Enough Breastmilk

When your baby doesn’t get enough of your milk, her risk of dehydration or problems with weight gain increase. If you observe any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your baby’s caregiver to have your baby assessed and weighed:

  • Your baby feeds fewer than eight times in twenty-four hours.
  • After your milk comes in, she doesn’t produce at least one poopy diaper in twenty-four hours.
  • She has few wet diapers or produces urine that appears to have reddish “brick dust” in it.
  • Your baby seems constantly hungry and is seldom content after feedings.
  • Your baby’s feedings worry or concern you.

Some signs are more serious than others. If you notice any of the following signs, call your baby’s caregiver immediately:

  • Your baby is lethargic and has no interest in nursing.
  • The inside of her mouth doesn’t glisten with moisture. (A baby’s lips can appear dry normally).
  • When you gently pinch the skin on her arm, leg, or abdomen and then let go, her skin stays “tented.”
  • Her eyes, face, chest, and abdomen are yellow. (See page 416 for more on jaundice symptoms.)

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide

© copyright Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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