If baby stops sucking and does not come off the breast on his own, slide your finger into the corner of his mouth to break the suction. Burp your baby, then offer the other breast. He may nurse again right away or take the other side in a few minutes or a few hours.
Babies who are breastfed when they show early hunger cues usually eat the right amount for their age and weight. Moms are encouraged to breastfeed baby whenever he shows signs of hunger. The more often mom nurses baby, the more milk she will make.
Bottle-fed babies may be overfed if a caregiver tries to make sure the baby finishes a bottle. A baby is finished eating when he falls asleep or releases the bottle nipple. He should not be awakened or encouraged to finish the bottle.
It is important that caregivers learn tips on how to bottle-feed a breastfed baby so that the amount of breastmilk that is used is based on your baby’s needs. Download Bottle-Feeding Your Breastfed Baby: A Guide for Success (PDF, 2.3mb).