Trust your instincts

You know your baby best. If you sense something isn't right, contact your baby's doctor — especially if your baby:

  • Isn't gaining weight
  • Isn't wetting at least six diapers a day
  • Isn't having regular bowel movements
  • Passes urine that's deep yellow or orange
  • Passes stools that are hard and dry
  • Is consistently fussy after feedings
  • Seems sleepy all the time
  • Has yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Isn't interested in breast-feeding
  • Spits up forcefully or more than a small amount at a time

Remember, every baby is unique. You might be surprised by your baby's feeding patterns. As long as your baby grows and develops normally, however, you can be confident that you're meeting his or her nutritional needs.

April 14, 2012 See more In-depth