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Signs That Your Baby Is Getting Enough to Eat

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Babies give cues during feeding that show how hungry they are. Pay attention to these cues to help know when your baby has had enough to eat.

The amount of food each baby needs varies. Young babies usually don't take more breast milk or formula than they need.

It's also good to check your baby's diaper for signs that your baby is getting enough breast milk or formula. For example, a newborn may have about 3 wet diapers a day for the first few days. After that, expect 6 or more wet diapers a day throughout the first month of life.

As long as your baby is gaining weight steadily, your baby is eating enough. During well-child checkups, the doctor will track your baby's weight gain and growth.

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