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How will I know if my baby is getting enough?

Breastfeeding is going well if:

  • Your baby has 8 feeds or more in 24 hours
  • Your baby feeds between 5-40 minutes each feed
  • Your baby’s skin colour is normal
  • Your baby is generally calm and relaxed whilst feeding and content after most feeds
  • Your baby has wet and dirty nappies
  • Breastfeeding is comfortable
  • When your baby is 3-4 days old and beyond you should be able to hear your baby swallowing during a feed

Talk to your midwife or health visitor if:

  • Your baby is sleepy and has less than 6 feeds in 24 hours
  • Your baby consistently feeds for less than 5 minutes each feed or more than 40 minutes per feed
  • Your baby consistently falls asleep on the breast and does not complete their feed
  • Your baby appears jaundice (a yellow discolouration of the skin)
  • Your baby comes off the breast frequently during a feed or refuses to breastfeed
  • Your baby is not having wet or dirty nappies
  • You have pain in your breast or nipples which does not disappear after the first few sucks
  • Your nipple comes out of the baby’s mouth looking flattened or pinched on one side
  • You cannot tell if your baby is swallowing after 3-4 days or beyond
  • You feel your baby needs a dummy
  • You feel the need to give your baby formula milk


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South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-5 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a health visitor within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the service reopens.

Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.

This page was last reviewed on 03-11-2021

This page will be next reviewed on 03-11-2024