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’s a few 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 of the 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



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

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