Breastfeeding: How’s it Going?

Here are some signs that breastfeeding is going well:

My baby is over 4 days old and:

  • Breastfeeds at least 8 times in 24 hours.
  • Makes swallowing sounds during most of the feeding.
  • Makes at least 4 dirty diapers in 24 hours.
  • Has dirty diapers that are lighter in color and not so dark and thick.
  • Only breastfeeds and does not take formula or other liquids.

I delivered more than 4 days ago:

  • I enjoy breastfeeding my baby.
  • Latching baby on is getting easier.
  • After my baby latches on and I count to 10, my nipples do not hurt.
  • My breasts were larger and heavier after delivery.
  • My breasts feel softer after I breastfeed.
  • I believe that it is going well.

Here are some signs that you and your baby may need help with breastfeeding. Call your doctor or lactation consultant if you notice any of these things:

My baby is over 4 days old and:

  • Does not wake up to breastfeed at least 8 times every 24 hours.
  • Does not make swallowing sounds during the most of the feeding.
  • Wet diapers are not heavy and have a pink color.