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How do I know I am making enough milk for my baby?

Expert’s answer:

The first milk you produce is called colostrum. It is very rich in nutrients and energy. Your baby will only need small amounts of this special first milk to meet all their needs in the early days of life.  

Your baby’s stomach is only the size of a cherry in the first few days, so the small regular amounts of colostrum your baby gets will be more than enough to fill their tiny tummy. Colostrum is very easy for your baby to digest this is why baby like to feed frequently in the early days.

If you need to express milk for your baby in the early days, the following table gives you an idea of what to expect:

Day

Milk expressed in 24hrs

How much baby will get at a feed

Day 1

7ml – 123ml

From a few drops to 5mls

Day 2

44ml – 335ml

From 5ml to 15ml

Day 3

98ml – 775ml

From 15ml to 30ml

*5ml = 1 teaspoon

Feeds on the first few days will probably be quite quick. In the early days your baby may feed 10 to 12 times in 24 hours. In the first few days your baby may only feed from one breast at each feed. When this happens remember to start the next feed with the other breast.

Day two to four are often very busy days (and nights) as your baby wakes up more and your milk supply is increasing. These early days of frequent feeding help you to build a good milk supply. It also gives you the chance to relax with your baby and get to know each other. It can help to rest when baby sleeps, and to know that this is normal, and it gets a lot easier in the following days.

By day 3 your breasts will feel fuller, and may even ache a little or feel very tender to touch. You may notice that your milk has gone from a golden yellow colour and viscous consistency to a whiter colour and thinner consistency. This is often called ‘your milk coming-in’. This later milk also contains lots of antibodies and other ingredients to ward off illnesses as well as providing all the food and drink your baby needs to grow and develop. For mums who’ve had a Caesarean Section, milk coming in may be delayed by a day or so.

It is normal for breasts to feel full in the first week or two, but this will settle down when your body gets used to the supply and demand element of feeding.

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