How and Why a Simple Breastfeeding Log Can Help You

When you have a newborn, keeping track of everything can be overwhelming. One of the ways you can help take the pressure off your memory is to record your baby's feeding times and length on each side in a breastfeeding log.

The advantages to using a breastfeeding log are many, but here are our top three:

  • You can take it to all pediatrician appointments to show the doctor.
  • It can reveal nursing patterns and whether or not your baby is eating enough.
  • It can give new moms peace of mind as it helps keep track of feeding schedules.

If there are any problems with weight gain, looking at the breastfeeding log may give your baby's pediatrician an idea of why. It may also help your doctor figure out if you have a supply issue or if the baby may have a problem with latching based on mood patterns.

When you're a new mom, it's hard to know what's normal and what's not. So, to give you some basic guidelines, breastfed babies (on average) feed 20 minutes to an hour eight to 12 times in a 24-hour period. Don't panic if your baby breaks this mold — each baby's needs are different — but this amount shouldn't be too far from accurate.

Download All About Women's breastfeeding log to help you keep track of your baby's feeding time on each breast, overall duration, and mood.

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Rather Use an App?

If you'd rather keep track of feedings on your phone, you can also use an app to log your info. Some popular breastfeeding apps include:

Don't hesitate to contact your OB/GYN, a lactation consultant or your baby's pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about breastfeeding. Many times there's trial and error involved, especially when you first start.