What are the signs of a newborn baby not getting enough milk?
There are many signs that may indicate a newborn is underfed. There may be an abnormal feeding pattern, short or ineffective feeds when the baby is sleepy and weak at the breast, or an abnormal number of feeds (fewer than 7 a day or more than 10). There may be no audible swallowing or choking once the milk has come in. Other signs include hunger even after feeding on both breasts, and an inability to settle unless feeding, sleeping, using a pacifier, or getting a milk supplement. Some underfed newborns are always scowling or are jittery and irritable. They may be floppy and weak and very sleepy. Excessive weight loss is another sign of an underfed baby. Infrequent pees and stools (poops) are somewhat less helpful.