Is my baby getting enough food?

Your baby will let you know if he or she is getting enough food.

A healthy baby needs to eat every two to three hours - but it gets a little tricky if you are nursing, because it's tough to know how much milk your baby is getting. Within a few days of you leaving the hospital, your paediatrician will check your baby's weight. This is the best indicator if your baby is getting enough nourishment.

A newborn baby loses about 5 to 8% of her birth weight within the first week but should gain it back by the second week. 

Diaper counting can also act as a gauge. For the first five days it could be a little haphazard, but you will see five to six wet diapers after that, and at least one or two stools.


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