What are the signs that my baby is not growing well because of breastfeeding problems?
Four assessments can help mothers determine whether their baby is getting enough milk. Look for abnormal (a) feeding patterns, (b) behaviours, and (c) appearance, and (d) poor weight gain. When a baby is not getting enough milk, abnormal signs appear in at least two of these areas. There are many possible abnormal signs, including very short, long, or ineffective feeds; feeding fewer than 7 times or more than 10 times a day; general unhappiness when not feeding; regular sleeps of more than 5 hours; a tummy that does not bulge; loose skin on the neck and thighs; and weight change that doesn’t follow the normal pattern on a growth chart. Babies who are not taking in enough milk need their breastfeeding challenges addressed and may need supplementing with extra milk.