Increasing the Flow


In the early days and weeks newborns can sometimes seem very sleepy at the breast. They might latch and then very quickly relax and fall asleep again, suckling gently.


If this is happening most feeds within about 5 minutes then have a chat with your IBCLC or other breastfeeding professional to assess and decide whether your baby is getting enough milk.


Some babies are very reliant on a faster flow of milk to stimulate them to feed actively. When the milk flow is slower (very normal with colostrum!) they seem quite happy just to nibble away with very few swallows. In this situation we can help keep then active for longer and 'draining' the breast more effectively.


If you're not sure what the difference between a suck and a swallow looks like, have an explore of this playlist of videos which has some excellent examples.