How do you know if kids are getting enough milk from mom?

Discussion in 'Kidding Koral' started by melisak, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. melisak

    melisak New Member

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    Apr 19, 2013
    Very little milk comes out of mom when I squeeze. Babies were just born last night. Thanks for any help.


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  2. MsScamp

    MsScamp New Member

    Jan 31, 2010
    Wyoming
    Not all does come into milk when they deliver. It might be that Mom's production hasn't fully started just yet. As a general rule, if the kids are getting enough to eat they will be alert, feisty, bright eyed, exploring, and learning how to bounce around. They will feel heavier when you pick them up. They should not be sunken in, and their tummies should be firm. They should not be standing around hunched up. They should not be butting Mom's udder excessively. Right now they will be sleeping more because they are so young, but that should change in a couple of days and they should be hopping around and checking things out. I hope this helps.
     
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  3. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Weigh them daily with a scale that weighs in pounds and ounces or pounds and tenths of pounds.
     
  4. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
    Is it really thick, that is colostrum, the more the kids nurse the more it helps.
    Also make sure the teat plugs are all the way out.

    Ensure that she drinks plenty of water and is fed some grain and Alfalfa, it helps as well.
    Do it gradually if she isn't use to it.

    Allowing the kids to nurse helps stimulate her to drop milk. Lightly bumping her udder stimulates her.

    Does she have a full looking udder or is it empty?
    How does the milk look? Any blood, clumps weird coloring? Is it hot?

    Have you seen them nurse? If not put them on the teat.

    I agree with the others as well.
     
  5. melisak

    melisak New Member

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    Apr 19, 2013
    I have put them on the teat & I have seen them nurse but they are bumping her a lot & I'm just not sure if they are getting enough. The mom is really little. I have checked and a little milk does come out but not very much. I have no other goat milk. Should I supplement with something else or just watch them the next few days? What happens if her milk hasn't dropped yet? Thanks for the help :)


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  6. liz

    liz Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    Shelocta PA
    The more stimulation her udder gets the better... have you felt her udder? Most newly fresh moms will have some udder congestion... swelling of the glands caused by milk production itself. If you can feel that it is very firm but not hard, try wrapping a hot wet hand towel around it as you massage her, the heat and gentle pressure helps release milk.

    I use a digital hand held "fish scale" to weigh my kids, available at most sporting good areas where the fishing tackle is... usually you can get one for under $20 and it weighs in ounces and pounds... get a weight now then daily to be sure they are not losing weight. On average, my nigerian kids will double their birthweight within a week then gain around 2lbs per week.
    Another way is to watch them... well fed kids will have a nice round belly, not hard but not squishy and they will be more active at 2-3 days old than they are as new borns.
     
  7. melisak

    melisak New Member

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    Apr 19, 2013
    Thank you. I will get one of those scales tomorrow


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  8. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  9. toth boer goats

    toth boer goats Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Corning California
  10. Crazyanimallady

    Crazyanimallady New Member

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  11. Crazyanimallady

    Crazyanimallady New Member

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    Oct 19, 2017
    I have two 4 day old doelings and one looks well fed but the other one is very skinny. I keep putting her on her mother but she just nurses for a minute and then moves away. She is moving around and playing but definitely calmer than the other one. Should I consider bottle feeding to supplement her until she starts gaining more?
    I haven’t weighed them, but I can go do that now.
    When should I be concerned and start supplementing?
     
  12. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    This is an old thread from 2014. But I would be weighing them daily with a scale that weighs in pounds and ounces or pounds and tenths of pounds.