Feeding Log Day 1-7

 

 

 

First 24 hours – Circle the hour/half hour baby breastfeeds today – normal is 5-6 times

            12AM    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10    11    noon    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11     

 

Wet Diaper –  (1 wet diapers is good today)                                 W  W  W  W 

 

Dirty diaper – (1dirty diapers is good today)

meconium  thick black tarry stool                                                   D  D  D   D  

 

Circle every hour when your baby starts a nursing.
Circle the W when your baby has a wet diaper.
Circle the D when your baby has a dirty (poopy) diaper.

 

Babies are typically very sleepy the first day of life.  They are very tired from labor too J

 

The early milk (colostrum) is very rich and thick with nutrients and immunities.  It also is very high in calories and proteins.

 

A typical feeding on day one is approx 1-2 teaspoons which is perfect for the newborn stomach that’s the size of a cherry!

 

Remember the quantity is little but the quality is GREAT!

 

Babies like to fall asleep @ the breast.  Keep tickling/stimulating him while he’s feeding until you feel him tugging actively at the breast.  He may take several rest sessions.

 

Most new mothers ask the question:  “Do I really have any milk?” The answer is “yes – During pregnancy, the breasts enlarge and the aerola darkens – this is your body’s natural response as it prepares for breastfeeding

 

Be alert to your baby’s feeding cues (sucking on hands and fists, licking lips, rooting – opening the mouth and turning to the side).  When you see these cues – he’s ready to feed.  Please don’t put him on a strict feeding schedule….. just follow his cues

 

Keep you baby with you as much as possible today.  Family and friends will be eager to hold your baby, but keep visitors to a minimum today.  Your baby will get more tired if he’s passed around the room for everyone to cuddle and tickle.

 

Your baby will respond best to his new world if he’s placed in his “natural habitat” -Mother’s bare skin against the baby’s bare skin.  New evidence based research has shown the first 36 hours is a very important time for skin-to-skin as it promotes healthy breastfeeding tendencies. Your baby will love the warmth and security of your skin.

 

 

 

 

Day of Life Two

 

First 24 hours

Second 24 hours – Circle the hour/half hour baby breastfeeds today – normal is 6-8 times

            12AM    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10    11    noon    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11     

 

Wet Diaper –  (2 wet diapers is good today)                                 W  W  W  W  W  W 

 

Dirty diaper – (2 dirty diapers is good today)

meconium  thick black tarry stool                                                   D  D  D   D   D   D  

 

 

Congratulations! You survived the first 24 hours of parenthood. Try not to feel overwhelmed; remember you aren’t supposed to know everything about your baby yet.  It takes time and continued patience.

 

Try to relax more today don’t be tempted to “overdo”. Rest when your baby rests and remember you will have another wakeful night tonight so rest while you can. J

 

Don’t be discouraged if you haven’t mastered breastfeeding yet.  This will take more time and patience.  If you are struggling ask help from the nursery staff.  They’ve had special training in helping mother’s breastfeed and they want to help you succeed. 

 

Take time today to place baby in his natural habitat as much as possible.  He will feel more content, secure and loved when he’s place skin to skin with mother.  Studies have shown that baby’s placed skin to skin frequently during the first 36 hours of life:

  • Are more likely to latch on well
  • Have more stable and normal skin temperatures
  • Have more stable and normal heart rates and blood pressures
  • Have higher blood sugars
  • Are less likely to cry
  • Are more likely to breastfeed exclusively longer

Continue to follow your babies feeding cues today. Remember he will feed best when he’s ready.  Don’t place him on a schedule. If you are concerned he hasn’t feed frequently enough – put him against mother’s skin until he shows interest in feeding.

Unsure if baby is latching correctly? Try this – examine your nipple immediately after breastfeeding.  Your nipple should look like the un-nursed breast.  It’s normal for the nipple to look longer but it shouldn’t have an abnormal shape (no lines, blisters, cracks or flattened areas)

Tonight be prepared for the “Second Night Syndrome”.  Sometimes babies wake-up from a very sleepy state on their second night and become irritable, fussy or sometimes inconsolable.  Don’t panic – this is normal.  If this happens, provide your baby with lots of attention (holding, loving cuddling, rocking) and be prepared to breastfeed frequently.  He may want to “cluster” several feedings very close together then go a long stretch tonight without feeding. This is ok. Just relax and know this “Second Night Syndrome” is typically the second night only. Avoid pacifier use and don’t be tempted to supplement with formula.  These are unnecessary.

 For more information on latching visit breastfeedingsupportnet.com

 

 

 

Day of Life Three to Four

If your breasts are heavy and full advance to day 5

 

DAY THREE - Circle the hour/half hour baby breastfeeds today – normal is 8-10 times

       12am    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10    11    noon    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11   

 

Wet Diaper – (3 wet diapers is ok today)                                W  W  W W  W  W  W 

 

Dirty diaper – (3 dirty diapers is ok today)                              D   D   D  D   D   D   D  

meconium  thick black tarry stool                                           _________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

DAY FOUR - Circle the hour/half hour baby breastfeeds today – normal is 8-10 times

      12AM    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10    11    noon    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11 

 

Wet Diaper – (3-4 wet diapers is ok today)                                W  W  W W  W  W  W 

 

Dirty diaper – (3-4 dirty diapers is ok today)

Last day of the meconium stool                                                D  D  D  D  D  D  D

 

 

Wow! You made it to day 3… good for you for persevering.

 

You may have noticed your baby’s weight is below the birth weight, relax this is perfectly normal.  Babies can lose up to 7-10% of their birth weight.

 

Your baby’s weight will increase as your milk supply increases

 

Today expect frequent breastfeeding.  If he continues to act hungry, you can offer each breast more than once.

 

If you are experiencing nipple soreness ask your nursery nurse or lactation consultant to check the baby’s latch – your nipples should not be scabbed, bruised, or blistered

 

It’s ok to apply a small amount of medical grade lasinoh cream to your nipples after feedings.  (This does NOT need to be wiped off before breastfeeding)

 

The more you breastfeed the sooner your more mature milk will “come in”

 

Make every effort to avoid bottles or pacifiers – they delay feedings. 

 

Your nipples may feel tender for the first minute or two then get better

 

Practice breastfeeding lying down so you can rest extra today

 

Hang in there!  Breastfeeding will get easier! J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day of Life Five to Seven

 

Day FIVE – 8-10 breastfeeding sessions is normal

         12AM    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10    11    noon    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11       

Wet Diaper – (4-6  wet diapers is ok today)                                     W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W

 

Dirty diaper – (4-6  wet diapers is ok today)                                      D  D  D  D D D  D  D  D  D  D

       Dark green  and/or yellow stools are ok today

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Day SIX – 8-10 breastfeeding sessions is normal

          12AM    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10    11    noon    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11   

Wet Diaper – (4-6  wet diapers is ok today)                                     W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W

 

Dirty diaper – (4-6  wet diapers is ok today)                                      D  D  D  D D D  D  D  D  D  D

       Dark green and/or yellow stools are ok today

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Day SEVEN – 9-10 breastfeeding sessions is normal

          12 AM   1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10    11   noon    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10    11   

Wet Diaper – (4-6  wet diapers is ok today)                                     W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W  W

 

Dirty diaper – (4-6  wet diapers is ok today)                                      D  D  D  D D D  D  D  D  D  D

        A typical breastfed stool has the appearance of “mustard and cottage cheese mixed together”

 

Yeah! Your mature milk is “in”!

 

Congratulations you’ve made it through the most difficult part of breastfeeding!

 

You’re breasts may feel “bigger” or “heavier” today.  Feed more frequently today to keep the breastmilk flowing.

 

If you feel the baby’s latch is more painful today or if he’s experiencing difficulty latching (just latching to the nipple)– try manually expressing or pumping your breasts before feeding to get some of the milk out.  Once the breast becomes soft again attempt to re-latch the baby – your breast should feel soft again.

 

Let the baby breastfeed on the first breast until it softens, (it’s ok to massage on the breast while he feeds – this will get more milk out - then switch to the other side – if he doesn’t fully soften the breast – pump or manually express the breast and start on this side next feeding. – These suggestions will prevent you from becoming engorged.

 

Save any expressed breast milk – it’s like “liquid gold”!  Breastmilk can be frozen for 3-4 months.

 

Your baby’s weight should slowly start to increase – approx one ounce per day.

 

Remember to keep your pediatrician appointments.  Your baby will need frequent weight checks until he reaches his birth weight – approx 2 weeks.

 

If you still have questions, contact your local lactation consultant or visit our local breastfeeding coalition website for more specific information (including breastmilk collection and storage guidelines) @ www.breastfeedingsupportnet.com

net = north east tn