Newborn Nursery at LPCH

The Well Fed Baby Checklist

To know that breastfeeding is going well, answer these questions when the baby is 5 - 7 days old.

1.

 

Is the baby having several bowel movements in 24 hours that are mustard yellow with curds in them? ("poop you can scoop", not just a smear)

 

Y
N
2.

 

Is the baby wetting 5 - 7 diapers in 24 hours?

 

Y
N
3.

 

Do the breasts feel full before feeding and softer after feeding?

 

Y
N
4.

 

If the mother had initial nipple soreness, is this resolved?

 

Y
N
5.

 

Do you hear swallowing when the baby is breastfeeding?

 

Y
N
6.

 

Is the baby eating at least 8 times in 24 hours?

 

Y
N
7.

 

Does the baby seem satisfied after a feeding?

 

Y
N
8.

 

Is there a lack of sore, tender, or red and firm areas in either breast?

 

Y
N
9.

 

Has the baby started gaining 1/2 - 1 ounce per day?

 

Y
N

 

If you have answered NO to any of these questions, there may be some problems with feeding. Have the parents call their pediatrician and/or a Lactation Consultant.

 

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