With my other
baby, my breasts
were so full...
➤ A baby older than
2 weeks may not
pass stool every day.
If the baby is feeding
well, wetting, and
seems content, the
stool will come.
Fear there is not enough milk, or that
milk is not good enough
Many women think they do not have enough milk. This is
almost never true. Even mothers who do not have enough to
eat can generally make enough milk for their babies.
The amount of milk your breasts make (your milk supply)
depends on how much the baby suckles. The more the baby
suckles, the more milk you will make. If you skip a feeding and
give a bottle instead of breast milk, your body will make less milk.
Some days it may seem like the baby is always wanting
to breastfeed. If you feed your baby whenever it is hungry,
your milk supply will increase. In a few days the baby will
probably seem satisfied again. Night feeding helps to build
up a mother’s milk supply. Try not to believe anyone—even
a health worker—who says that you do not have enough milk.
Breasts do not have to feel full to make milk. The more
babies a woman has breastfed, the less full her breasts will feel.
Small breasts can make as much milk as large breasts.
A baby is getting enough milk if:
• it is growing well, and seems happy and healthy.
• it wets 6 or more times and dirties the diaper (nappy)
about 1 to 3 times in a day and night. You can usually tell
this after the baby is 5 days old, when the baby will start to
pass urine and stool more regularly.
Because breast milk looks different from other milks, some
women fear that it is not good milk. But breast milk gives babies
everything they need.
Nipple concerns and problems
Flat or pushed-in (inverted) nipples
Most women with nipples that are flat or pushed-in can
breastfeed without a problem. This is because the baby
suckles on the breast, not just the nipple. You do not need
to do anything to prepare your nipples during pregnancy.
➤ The size and
shape of your nipple
is not important—the
baby suckles from the
breast, not just the
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