Ask Dr. O: Infant Nutrition

New parents are often concerned that their newborn is "getting enough" nutrition, whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding with formula. Dr. Okammor shares insights in this "Ask Dr. O"

Q: How Do I Know My Baby is Getting Enough Nutrition?

There are many signs you can watch for to see if your baby is getting enough milk:

  • Your baby passes enough clear or pale yellow urine
  • The urine is not deep yellow or orange.
  • Your baby has enough bowel movements
  • Your baby switches between short sleeping periods and wakeful, alert periods.
  • Your baby is satisfied and content after feedings.
  • Your breasts may feel softer after feeding.

From birth to 3 months old, a baby usually will gain up to 1 ounce of weight each day. Keep in mind that many babies lose a small amount of weight in the first days after birth. Your baby's doctor will check your baby's weight at your first doctor visit after you leave the hospital. Make sure to visit your baby's doctor for a checkup within three to five days after birth and then again when the baby is 2 to 3 weeks old.

American Academy of Pediatrics Diaper BM Chart

Don't hesitate to ask!

If you are worried that your baby is not getting enough breastmilk, talk to us at your next visit or give us a call!