This is an exciting time as your milk will ‘come in’ anywhere from about 72 hours onwards. You’ll notice more frequent swallowing (a 1:1 or 1:2 suck/swallow ratio) and bub’s poo will change from black to brown to yellow. Nappies will be heavier and although all breastfed babies lose weight at first, once the milk appears, they will start to gain. You’ll also notice bub settling easier after a feed, although don’t forget to allow lots of ‘upright’ time on your chest or shoulder after the feed to allow bub to digest the higher volume of milk.
Normal weight loss is between 5-7% for a breastfed baby around day 3-5. If your baby has lost more than this seek help from your LMC/LC/GP