How do I know if my baby is suckling well?

How do I know if my baby is suckling well?

There are many ways to learn whether your baby suckles well. If your baby suckles well, your breast should not be painful and you can feel that your breast is soften gradually during the suckling (However, you may not have this feeling in the first two or three days). You will also see:

  • Your baby opening her mouth as wide as a yawn and draw in most of your areola
  • Your baby’s lower lip flanges out with her chin touching your breast
  • The upper part of your areola exposes more than the lower part
  • Your baby’s cheeks are full when suckling
  • Your baby has a rhythmic suckle that is deep and slow, she will pause occasionally to swallow the milk. You may even hear the swallowing sound
  • When your baby is full, she will stop suckling and release your breast, and look satisfied. Alternatively, your baby will slow down her suckling and fall asleep while she is still attached on your breast

If you do not see the above, or you have sore nipples, the baby may not be suckling properly. You may put your finger into her mouth and gently move her away from your breasts. Take a short break and bring your baby to your breast again. Be patience with the baby, she takes time to learn how to suckle. Do not give up easily.  If you have any question, consult the Maternal and Child Health Centres or other healthcare professionals for advice.