Signs that your baby is feeding well

  • Your baby has a large mouthful of breast.
  • Your baby's chin is touching your breast.
  • It doesn't hurt you to feed (although the first few sucks may feel strong).
  • If you can see the dark skin around your nipple, you should see more dark skin above your baby's top lip than below their bottom lip.
  • Your baby's cheeks stay rounded during sucking.
  • Your baby takes rhythmic, long sucks and swallows. It's normal for them to pause sometimes.
  • Your baby finishes the feed and comes off the breast on their own.
Try not to give your baby a dummy, it can confuse your baby so they forget how to latch on to the breast properly, also, your baby will be less likely to feed when he needs to. 

How to know that your baby is getting enough milk

You don’t need to measure how much milk your baby is getting, normally your baby will know when they are full and will come off the breast themselves.  Remember, newborn babies have tiny tummies so don’t take much at each feed, but that might mean they need to feed often – it is normal for a baby to feed every 2-3 hours day and night for the first few weeks
Signs that your baby is getting enough milk include:
  • Your baby will appear content and satisfied after most feeds.
  • They should be healthy and gaining weight after the first two weeks.
  • Your breasts and nipples should not be sore.
  • After the first few days, your baby should have at least six wet nappies a day.
  • After the first few days they should also pass at least two yellow stools every day.


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