Dr Virginia Thorley, OAM, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA
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|Posted on February 8, 2014 at 4:53 AM|
Caring for a new baby is a learning process for first-time mothers, especially as many mothers haven't held a newborn baby before. A common question is - "How do I know when my baby has finished a breastfeed?"
Of course, as you get to know your baby and gain more confidence, it is easier to know when the feed has finished.
Unfortunately, people ofter tell mothers that a baby will always go to sleep or come off the breast by herself. This isn't the reality with a lot of babies. They like staying there.
At the beginning of a feed, most babies have closed fists. What I find is a good guide if you think the baby has finished is to see if your baby's fingers have opened out and if her hand is floppy. This has been a useful guide for a lot of mothers. As with any guide, the occasional baby may act differently - but most will do this. If you use this as a rough guide, remember to watch your baby to know what is usual for her.