La Leche League

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

UC Davis Human Lactation Center

Kelly Mom


Bringing a newborn home for the first time is an incredible yet daunting endeavor. Both new and experienced parents have a multitude of life-challenges awaiting them. While expecting parents tend to focus on the exciting features of parenthood, parents returning home after the birth of their newborn often find themselves contemplating the following:
How often should I feed my baby?
Feed your baby 8 or more times in 24 hours.
How will I know if my baby is hungry?
Look for your baby’s feeding cues: a few examples are fists moving towards baby’s mouth, sucking on hands, lips fingers, rooting, head turning to look for the breast. Crying is a late hunger cue.
Is my baby getting enough milk?
From birth to 6 weeks baby should regain birthweight by 2 weeks of age. 5-6 or more wet diapers per day (after the first week of life) and 3-4 or more dirty diapers (after day four of life). After a feeding mom’s breasts should feel softer and baby should be relaxed and content. Baby’s hands should be relaxed and open (not in fists and baby’s hands are no longer near the baby’s face relaxed and down by baby’s waist).
How many wet and soiled diapers should my baby have in a day and what color should the stool be?
Day of life one: one wet diaper and one soiled diaper. Color and texture of the stool should be sticky black.
Day of life two: two wet diapers and 2 brownish soiled diapers.
Day of life three: 3 wet diapers and 3 greenish yellow soiled diapers
Day of life four: four wet diapers and four dark yellow and soft soiled diapers
Day of life five: five yellow liquid seedy soiled diapers
Should I wake my baby to breastfeed?
Newborns need to be fed every two to three hours so it is important to wake your baby to feed them until they have established a good weight pattern.