What are before-feed and after-feed weights?
Sometimes it is important to know how much milk a baby is taking in, especially if the mother is concerned about a low milk supply or the baby is premature or slow-growing. One way to do this is to weigh the baby before and after a breastfeed and calculate the difference. The two figures are called the before-feed and after-feed weights. Mothers who need to do this calculation should work with their health-care providers. They will need a sensitive baby-weighing scale and will need to weigh the baby before the feed and after feeding. Changing the baby’s diaper or clothing during the feed or using a different pad under the baby for each weighing will affect the results.