How do I know if I have enough milk?
One way to know if a mother has enough breast milk is to look at the “milk signs,” a group of indicators that provide a rough idea of how much milk a mother has made and is currently making. Mothers are likely to have a normal or large supply if their breasts grow during pregnancy, if the breasts fill on Days 2 to 4 after birth, their breasts are fuller before feeds, and they express normal or above normal amounts of milk. The baby will tend to choke, gulp, and pant at the start of the feed. Mothers may have a low supply if their breasts don’t grow during pregnancy and show little or no change when the milk comes in or before feeds. The milk may come in on Day 5 or later. Their baby will rarely choke, gulp or pant during feeding. Many milk signs become less prominent as the baby grows.