Signs that your baby is well fed
Generally, if your baby is feeding well, they will let go of your breast once they’re full. However, they may pause for a while during breastfeeding so give them time to decide whether they’ve had enough.
Here are some signs that your baby is well fed:
- They appear content after most feeds.
- They gain weight after the first two weeks.
- Your breasts and nipples don’t feel too sore.
- Your breasts are emptied and softer after feeding.
- Your baby is a healthy colour with firm skin that bounces back when pinched.
- After the first few days they should have around six wet nappies a day.
Signs that your baby may need more milk
If your baby isn’t getting enough milk you may notice:
- Your baby is tired and unsettled all the time and fusses after feeding. They do not seem happy and contented.
- They make clicking sounds when feeding. This could mean they are not latched on properly, so take a look at our tips on breastfeeding.
- Their skin colour becomes more yellow.
- After three weeks they do not have a rounded face.
- Your baby’s skin is still wrinkled after the first week.
Still hungry after a feed?
Sometimes mums find that their baby is still hungry even with more regular feeds. If this happens you should speak to your midwife.
If your baby is around 6 months, it might be that they’re ready to start weaning. You can read more about what signs to look out for in our weaning section.