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How do I know my baby is getting enough?

Expert’s answer:

Babies can lose an average of 10% of their birth weight in the first 3 days after birth. Signs that your baby is getting enough milk during these early days include:

  • they wake easily,
  • they have a strong cry and move actively when awake,
  • they settle and sleep at some stage in a 24hr period, and
  • they have regular wet and dirty nappies.

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Average number of feeds in 24hrs

10 -12

10 - 12

10 - 12

10 - 12

Average number of wet nappies in 24hrs

1-2 or more

1-2 or more

3 or more

4 or more

Average number of dirty nappies in 24hrs

At least 1 to 2

At least 3

Colour of nappy contents

Black or dark green

Brown, green or yellow

On day 1 or 2 some babies may have one wet nappy that has orange or yellow coloured wee (urine) or streak, it is usually nothing to worry about. If your baby’s nappy has red or orange coloured urine at any stage, do let your midwife or public know. By day 3 all babies should be having wet nappies that have clear coloured urine. At this stage a wet nappy is as heavy as 3 tablespoons of water.

The first dirty nappies all babies have are black and tarry. This is called meconium, a substance that is in your baby’s bowels while they’re in the womb. As your baby feeds over the next few days their dirty nappies will turn greenish in colour, and by day five should look golden, yellow and seedy.

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