You cannot see exactly how much milk your baby takes while nursing. However, you can tell whether breast-feeding is off to a good start if you know what to look for. Here are some signs to watch for and things you can do during your baby’s first month to make sure she gets enough breast milk.
Your baby may pause at times while breast-feeding. However, she should nurse strongly during most of the feeding. You should hear your baby swallow regularly while breast-feeding.
Keep your baby at the first breast until it is well drained. When your baby starts to suck less strongly, swallows less, or starts to doze off, you can burp her or change her diaper to wake her and move her to your other breast. Generally, babies get more milk by nursing at both breasts. Since the first breast gets drained better, start each feeding on a different side. This way, both breasts will get about the same stimulation and emptying.