Signs of Effective Attachment

Drawing by Jenny Richardson

(Drawing by Jenny Richardson)

  • Your baby has a large mouthful of breast.
  • Your baby’s chin is firmly touching your breast.
  • Your baby’s mouth is wide open.
  • If you can see the dark skin around your nipple, you should see more dark skin above your baby’s top lip than below your baby’s bottom lip.
  • It doesn’t hurt you when your baby feeds (although the first few sucks may feel strong).
  • No change in shape or colour of the nipple after feeds e.g should not be lipstick shaped or have lines across the nipple.
  • Your baby’s cheeks stay rounded during sucking.
  • Your baby rhythmically takes long sucks and swallows (it is normal for your baby to pause from time to time).
  • Your baby finishes the feed and comes off the breast on his or her own.
  • You can hear and see the baby swallowing the milk although there will be pauses.
  • Baby produces regular soaked/heavy nappies; bowel motions (poo) should be soft and yellow from day 4/5 with 2 or more dirty nappies a day with poos at least the size of a £2 coin.
  • From about 6 weeks the amount of poo varies from day to day, often with larger amounts. You will get to know your baby’s pattern.

For more information read How Do I know my Baby is getting enough Milk?