The healthy new born is who born at term between 38 to 42 weeks, cries immediately after birth, establishes independent rhythmic respiration, quickly adopts with the extra uterine environment, having an average birth weight and no congenital anomalies. The period from birth to 28 days of life is called neonatal period. A new born baby has only 3 demands. They are warmth in the arms of the mother, food from her breasts, and security in the knowledge of her presence and breast milk satisfies all three. Natural and nutritious food provided by nature for new born is the breast milk.
Objectives: 1. To assess the frequency of breast feeding of neonate. 2. To assess the frequency and characteristics of stool among neonates. 3. To identify the indicators of adequacy of breast milk intake in neonates.
Material and method: The present study was conducted by using quantitative approach and descriptive design. The samples were selected by using non probability convenience sampling technique.
Results and Discussions: Regard to characteristics of adequate breast feeding among 30 mothers, regarding Fullness of breast before feeding the baby all the 30 (100%), about let down sensation in their breasts all the 30 (100%) had let down sensation, 27 (90%) mothers had Softening of breast after feeding the baby, 22 (73%) mothers had wet nipples 6 or more 24 hrs, 24 (76%) mothers feeds the baby more than 8 times a day, 24 (76%) mothers feeds the baby on demand, 27 (90%) mothers feeds her baby at night time at least 3 times and all the mothers 30 (100%) feeds the baby in both breasts.
Conclusion: The study concluded that majority of neonates has the indicators of adequacy of breast milk intake.