How can I tell breastfeeding is going well?

How do I know if my baby’s well attached?

  • Your baby’s chin will be touching the breast.
  • Your baby’s mouth will be wide open.
  • You might not be able to see the areola (the darker area around the nipple) at all, or there will be more showing above the baby’s top lip.
  • You might be able to see that the baby’s lower lip is curled back, although if your baby’s well positioned you might not be able to see.
  • Your baby’s cheeks will be round and full and shouldn’t look sucked in or dimpled at all.
  • There won’t be any smacking or slurping sounds.
  • At first your baby’s suck might be quite fast but they will become slower and longer as you feed.
  • You should feel quite a strong, drawing sensation, which might be a bit uncomfortable at first but it should be painless after a while.
  • When your baby’s all full up, they should come off the breast feeling sleepy and satisfied.

Signs that your baby isn’t well attached

  • Your baby’s cheeks are drawn in and dimpled.
  • Experiencing pain while you are feeding.
  • Your baby’s sucking rhythm doesn’t change and remains quick throughout the feed.
  • If your baby is restless and keeps coming away from your breast, there is a problem with attachment.

Check the chart to see if breastfeeding is going well


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