How to Help Your Baby Gain Weight

In the first weeks we now think that babies become sleepy when the flow slows, not  because they are full.

The following points should help you baby get more milk at each feed:

* Aim for the best attachment possible. Even good attachment can be better. You can read more about this on our Positioning and Attachment page.

* Learn how to see milk being transferred

open mouth wide–>pause–>close mouth:

the longer the pause the greater the amount of milk your baby is drinking

* Offer both breasts at each feed, your baby may need a pause between breasts

* Ask your Health Visitor, Midwife or a breastfeeding supporter (at a group or on the National Breastfeeding Helpline) about how to recognise early feeding cues. It is easier to attach a baby before they are really hungry.

Feeding early means it is usually possible to fit in an extra feed within 24 hours

* Ask a Health Professional or a breastfeeding supporter to show you how breast compression works. It can be a good way to give your baby some extra milk at a feed. Take a look here for an explanation of breast compression.

If this helps the baby will usually increase the amount of poos.

If there is no change, ask for a skilled breastfeeding supporter or Health Professional to check for other factors such as tongue-tie, which might make feeding more difficult. Other factors can include recent changes in medicines or contraception or some cold remedies.  If this is the case, you might find our Drugs in Breastmilk section useful.

For more information on how to tell if feeding is going well you can go here or have a look at Off to the Best Start.