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ARE YOU BREASTFEEDING YOUR BABY?
and nerve tissue. Breast milk also gives baby a full range of easy-to-digest vitamins, minerals and proteins that protect its immune system, especially against diarrhoea, infections and food allergies.
YOUR BABY IS GETTING ENOUGH MILK IF …Back to top
- Your breasts feel softer after nursing because your baby has emptied some of the milk that was making them firm.
- After a feed, your baby seems relaxed and satisfied.
- Your baby produces at least 6–8 very wet cloth nappies or at least 5 very wet disposable nappies (which hold more liquid than cloth) in 24 hours.
The urine should be odourless and pale in colour.
- A young baby will usually have three or more soft or runny bowel movements each day for several weeks.
- An older baby is likely to have fewer bowel movements than this.
- Your baby is gaining weight.
- Your baby has a healthy skin colour and muscle tone.
- If you gently press your baby’s skin, it should spring back into place.
- Your baby is alert and reasonably contented and does not want to feed constantly.
YOU MAY NEED TO BOOST YOUR MILK SUPPLY IF …Back to top
- Your baby loses weight. If your baby doesn’t start regaining its birth weight after five days, or if at any time after that starts losing rather than gaining weight, you may need to increase your milk supply.
- Your baby wets fewer than eight cloth or six disposable nappies in a 24-hour period.
- Your baby is producing small, dark stools after about 5 days.
- If your baby’s urine is very dark, like the colour of apple juice, it may be a sign that it is short on fluids.
- Your baby is fussy or lethargic and falls asleep as soon as you put it to your breast.
- Feeding consistently takes longer than an hour, and your baby just doesn’t seem satisfied.
- Your breasts don’t feel any softer after nursing.
If you produce more milk than your baby needs, consider donating it to the South African Breast-milk Reserve for other babies who have no access to mother’s milk. The association is always grateful to its ‘awesome donors’ – details at www.sabr.org.za
Further Reading: 1. mg.co.za/article/2014-08-06-new-breast-feeding-policy-for-hiv-moms-pays-off 2. www.capetalk.co.za/articles/12404/breast-is-best-and-dedicated-public-spaces-would-helpmake-breastfeeding-easier 3. www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/88/1/10-030110/en/ This medicine has not been evaluated by the Medicine Control Council. This medicine is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
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