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A Breastfeeding Checklist

A Breastfeeding Checklist

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Signs of successful breastfeeding:

  • Your baby is feeding at least 8 times every 24 hours.
  • Your baby has at least 6 wet diapers every 24 hours after day 4.
  • Your baby has loose, seedy and yellowish bowel movements at least 3 times each 24 hours by day 4.
  • During breastfeeding your baby’s mouth is open wide with lips flanged out.
  • During breastfeeding your baby takes as much of the areola as possible into the mouth.
  • You can hear your baby swallowing during feedings.
  • Your nipples are comfortable once your baby has latched on.
  • Your baby is getting breast milk only.

Contact your baby’s doctor or your lactation consultant if:

  • Your baby has LESS than 6 wet diapers every 24 hours by day 4.
  • Your baby has LESS than 3 bowel movements every 24 hours by day 4.
  • Your baby’s bowel movements are dark and tarry rather than yellow and loose by day 4.
  • Your baby’s urine is dark yellow or there are red stains in the diaper.
  • Your baby still seems hungry after most feedings.
  • You can’t hear your baby swallowing during feedings.
  • Your nipples hurt during feedings, even after your baby has correctly latched on.
  • Your baby is not breastfeeding at least 8 times every 24 hours.

Be sure to visit your baby’s doctor within 2 to 5 days after birth, and then again at 2-3 weeks of age for weight checks and healthy baby visits.

 

A PDF of "A Breastfeeding Checklist" is available to download.

 

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