Under normal circumstances it is not necessary to use a breastfeeding log. However, some mothers feel more comfortable in the beginning if they are keeping track of nursings and diapers. Most mothers will benefit from the safety net of using a log for the first week or so until they and their baby’s health care provider are reassured that breastfeeding is going well and that baby’s weight gain pattern is adequate.
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After the initial week or so, a log can be used to document feedings and diapers if any concerns arise.
In addition to providing an easy-to-use form for keeping track of how often your baby nurses and has wet/dirty diapers, the professional version of these printable logs discusses what to expect in the early weeks of breastfeeding. See Nursing your newborn — what to expect in the early weeks for more information on what’s normal in breastfed newborns.
More detailed handout logs are also available.