Breastfeeding Daily Checklist


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How to know if your breastfeeding baby is getting enough — and some breastfeeding basics.
• Hand express to
• You should feel a snug
• Feed your baby when
• Get comfortable, with
• A newborn baby who
make the nipple wet.
tug, strong suction,
you see your baby’s
is getting enough
good back support,
and taut pull (moreso
feeding cues: rooting,
breast milk will have
and relax. Prop
• Stroke the baby‘s
at beginning of
fist sucking, smacking,
4-6 wet diapers in 24
yourself and baby
nose to chin with your
and searching.
hours before the milk
nipple until baby’s
well with pillows.
mouth opens wide
“comes in”.
• Baby’s cheeks remain
• Babies need at
• Feed skin-to-skin
and tongue is down.
full and rounded, not
least 10 feedings in
• After your breast
whenever possible.
dimpled inward.
• With nipple centered
24 hours; 10-12 is
milk “comes in”, baby
• Hold baby close,
over baby’s tongue,
• Look for a smooth
should have at least
tummy to tummy,
quickly guide
regular suck/swallow
6 wet diapers in 24
• Sleepy newborns may
well onto breast.
facing breast with
pattern with brief rest
need to be awakened
Remember to bring
mouth at nipple level.
every two to three
• Your breast milk
baby to the breast
• Your arm and hand
• In the first few days,
usually will “come in”
rather than the
baby may need to suck
provide support to
breast to the baby.
3-5 days after baby is
• Try unwrapping baby
a few times before a
keep baby securely
from blankets, change
• Look for baby’s upper
swallow is seen, felt,
at breast. Your other
and bottom lip to be
the diaper, take off
• Most newborns
or heard. After day
hand supports your
turned outwards over
baby’s shirt, and
require 8-12 diaper
2, swallowing will be
breast with a “C” hold.
areola, sealed tight
breastfeed skin-to-
changes each day
more frequent.
on breast, and at
after the first week.
• Your fingers need to
• Pain throughout the
least one inch beyond
be well back from the
• Count feedings from
• A newborn’s first
feeding, or any change
the tip of the nipple.
areola (the darker
the beginning of
bowel movement
in nipple appearance,
Baby’s chin and chest
skin around the
one feeding to the
often means that baby
should be held in
is called meconium
nipple) so baby can
beginning of the next
close to mother’s
is not latched well or is
and looks like a
latch on.
sucking incorrectly.
sticky, black tar-like
• The color gradually
changes in a few days
from black meconium
to greenish-brown
Call your baby’s doctor if:
or a greenish-yellow,
then to a gold-
• You have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding.
yellowish “mustard”
• You have persistent nipple pain during feeding.
color if baby is
• You have reddened, painful areas in the breast.
• Mom has fever greater than 100º F.
• The stools have a soft,
mushy consistency.
• Baby’s skin, eyes, or urine turn yellow.
• Your baby develops jaundice (a yellow-orange tinge to their skin) in the first few days of their
• A breastfeeding baby
life. Most often this condition is not a problem and should resolve in 1-2 weeks. If baby has
that is getting enough
developed jaundice, call your baby’s doctor. You will probably be asked to bring your baby to
breast milk will have
the office for a blood test. The results from the test will determine the level of jaundice and
at least 3 stools each
whether treatment is necessary.
day by the baby’s
third day of life.
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