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How do I know when my baby is full?

At the beginning of a feeding, your milk will be watery to satisfy your baby’s thirst. At the end of a feeding, your milk will be rich and creamy, which satisfies your baby’s hunger. Allow your baby to nurse as long as he wants.

He will signal he is full when he:

  • “falls off” your breast, releasing the nipple;
  • falls asleep; or
  • relaxes his body and opens his fists.

If he stops sucking and does not come off the breast on his own, slide your finger into the corner of his mouth to break the suction. Burp him and offer the other breast. He may nurse again right away or he may take the other side in a few minutes or a few hours.

Do You Have Questions About Breastfeeding? Contact Your Local WIC or Call the Breastfeeding Hotline
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