Is your breastmilk supply enough? or too much? How to tell

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I often hear mums talk about how many mls of milk their baby has had, and trying to understand how much breast milk they've had and what their supply is like. Unlike bottle feeding, breastfeeding is very difficult to measure. There are however, a number of indicators to work out whether your baby is getting enough (and the amount you can express is not a good measure!).  Katie James, IBCLC discusses how the milk supply system works, and what to look out for. 

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Content Summary (and timestamps) for this video:

  • 0:19 - "Your amazing body is working out exactly how much milk your baby or babies need in the first 4 to 8 weeks"
  • 2:24 - "Babies will likely feed 8 - 12 times in 24 hours. Babies will often feed at least once between midnight to 5am"
  • 4:11 - "Difficult evenings and cluster feeding"
  • 6:21 - [Graphic] - Signs that your baby is healthy and developing well
  • 6:46 - "Your marvellous milk"
  • 9:31 - "As much as possible, try to allow your body to do what it does best, without interference"
  • 10:00 - "Avoid dummies in the first few weeks. Allow you and your baby to establish breastfeeding together first"
  • 12:17 - Key takeaways from this video

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