Simple Tips That Reveal Your Newborn Is Full

27 Jun


This tip was shared with me at a course I attended called Breastfeeding Management, taught by Hellen Sullivan, RN, IBCLC.

When newborns are hungry, their hands are fisted and drawn tight against their chest. However, during a feeding and once their tummies begin to fill up, their hands open, their fingers soften, and their arms lie lower across their body.

The American Pregnancy Association also confirms this easy indication of satiety/satisfaction from newborns at the end of a feeding:

The baby looks relaxed, “falls” off the breast, has open hands, and/or falls asleep. Source

In my house we called this ‘milk drunk.’ :)

Hunger Cues For Newborns

5 Responses to “Simple Tips That Reveal Your Newborn Is Full”

  1. mamaandbabyloves June 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    This is such a great tip!

  2. Sunnyace June 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Reblogged this on Sunnyace Reblog Collections.

  3. Cindy June 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    Beautifully said! I love the way you write.


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