It can be tricky to know when a baby has had enough milk, but there’s actually a really simple way to know when bub is full and satisfied. And it just involves watching their hands.

Mum-of-three Megan Hawkins shared a handy video showing how to tell if a baby is hungry, and how to tell when they’re full. She says a baby with clenched fists is hungry, with their little fingers tightly clenched into a ball.

When baby is almost full, their hands begin to slowly relax until they’re completely open, and baby is full and happy. Take a look at her video below:

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Megan also shared another video, explaining how you’re able to tell if a baby needs a break while feeding. “Notice how her head moved away from the bottle?” Megan writes.

“This means she’s all done.” But, she explains further, “Sometimes it just means they want a quick break. But for this case she was full.”

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Megan does explain that all babies are different and can have different cues, but she hopes her tips can help other mums.

Is this baby feeding cue true for your baby? Or do you have another great tip? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • After so time mum and baby will develop some kind of communication and learn about them self so mum can understand what her baby wants or need.


  • It truly is amazing how they communicate without speaking.


  • I never noticed this at the time with my kids. But watching her video made me realise that they did do just that


  • Handy tip for new mums. I guess each baby is different.


  • I never knew either, would be helpful for first time mums especially


  • I never knew! This is fantastic!!


  • When I babysit the baby of my sons girlfriend, I noticed if I keep the bottle pulled back a bit, he uses the muscles on his jaw to drink. When I can easily pull the bottle away with no resistance, I know he’s full.


  • This tip will be helpful to some new Mum’s. It may not work for all babies but if it helps a few Mum’s then it’s a worthwhile sign to look for


  • Handy for someone with a baby to take notice of.


  • That’s a great tip and cue to look out for.


  • I’ve had three babies and never noticed this! Though they were never full with my breastmilk and when they changed to formula, they would drink until they turned their heads away. That’s when I knew they were full.
    But this is quite interesting and I may just observe my 4th when bub is born


  • Interesting! Going to watch for these cues with my BF newborn baby.


  • That would have been good to know :)


  • Never realised at all. Little movements can mean so many different cues.


  • Great tip- didn’t actually realise this!


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