How can I tell if my baby is full?

Satiety cues are your baby’s way of showing he is satisfied and no longer hungry. Here are a few cues you might recognize at the end of breastfeeding:

  • Baby’s hands are open and relaxed
  • Baby’s body feels relaxed, “loose”
  • Baby may have hiccups but is calm and relaxed
  • Baby may fall asleep
  • Baby may have a “wet burp” (milk can be seen dribbling out mouth)
  • Baby seems peaceful

Note the newborn's open hand, a signal that he is relaxed and getting full!

More info: Breastfeeding on cue or baby led feedings

References: Wilson-Clay, B., Hoover. K (2005) The Breastfeeding Atlas Manchaca, Texas. LactNews Press

 

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