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How do I know my baby is getting enough milk?

If your baby is feeding at least six to eight times a day, and you are comfortable feeding her, she is probably getting enough milk. You'll be able to see her swallow while she is feeding, and your breasts will feel emptier and softer after feeds.

Another good sign is if your baby changes rhythm while sucking, and pauses during feeds. She should start feeding again when she's ready, and come off your breast when she wants to.

Your baby's nappies can also show if your baby is getting enough milk. Her stools should be a yellowy-mustard colour and she should pass them at least once a day. When you change her nappy, her urine should be pale and have no smell. She should have at least six to eight wet nappies every day.

A baby who gets enough milk will also have firm, healthy coloured skin that bounces back when lightly pinched.

If you are worried that your baby isn't getting enough milk, ask staff at the clinic. They will be able to check that your baby is healthy.

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