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What are signs that my baby is eating enough?

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When he’s getting the right amount of food, you’ll see:

Plenty of wet diapers. The first few days after birth, he may only wet one or two diapers each day. After that, he should need six to eight cloth (five or six disposable) diaper changes every 24 hours, plus have two to five poopy ones each day.

Steady weight gain. After the first 2 weeks, your baby should gain about 4-7 ounces per week until his sixth month, and 3-5 ounces from 6 to 18 months.

Your baby is active and happy. A child that’s eating well will look alert and be active. He’ll also seem content between feedings.

SOURCES:

La Leche League International: “How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?”

Mayo Clinic: “Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents,” “Infant and toddler health.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Amount and Schedule of Formula Feedings.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Feeding Your Baby: The First Year.”

Bright Futures/AAP: “Nutrition Supervision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding Initiatives: FAQs.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 09, 2018

SOURCES:

La Leche League International: “How can I tell if my baby is getting enough milk?”

Mayo Clinic: “Feeding your newborn: Tips for new parents,” “Infant and toddler health.”

HealthyChildren.org: “Amount and Schedule of Formula Feedings.”

KidsHealth from Nemours: “Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Feeding Your Baby: The First Year.”

Bright Futures/AAP: “Nutrition Supervision.”

American Academy of Pediatrics: “Breastfeeding Initiatives: FAQs.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on March 09, 2018

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