The following breastfeeding information is provided for healthy, average term babies. If you feel that your babies are not eating well, drinking enough milk, or taking in enough nourishment, contact your doctor for feedback on your personal situation.
There are several ways to determine whether or not your babies are eating well and the most obvious is by what comes out the bottom end.
In the initial days after birth, sleep overtakes a full tummy, especially for preterm or low birth weight babies. They just don’t have the stamina to keep on feeding. If your baby falls asleep at the breast after a few sucks, you will need to try and wake him up. This can be done by stretching him by holding him up under the arms, try to get a good burp out of him, move him around your body, don’t let him snuggle, and some parents will undress the baby to stimulate him to continue eating to fill his tummy. If babies do not take in enough milk, you will be back to feeding them again in a very short time frame.
This is what you are trying to fill at each feed so it is helpful to make sure the tummy is as full as possible each feed.