How Can I Tell If My Baby is Getting Enough?
Learn How to Read Hunger and Fullness Cues
Ahh cues. Some are more obvious than others so let us break it down for you. There are early cues and late cues. If you miss the early cues, don’t sweat it! You just need to calm your baby down before they starts to feed. So you’ve probably figured out that it’s easier for both of you if you catch those early signs.
Early cues: Hey Mom, I’m hungry!
- Licking lips, mouthing
- Rooting (turning head and opening mouth)
Cues: Hey Mom, I’m REALLY hungry
- Putting her hand to her mouth
- Fidgeting, squirming
- Trying to get to your boob or bottle
Late Cues: Hey Mom, Calm me down first, then feed me
- Red face
Now what does your baby do when he/she is full?
- Closing lips
- Turning their head away
- Interest in their surroundings other than the food
- Pushing food or the utensils away
- Shaking head
Big questions that may be on your mind:
Should I wake up my baby up to feed?The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you do so every 3-4 hours, within the first 2 weeks. After that, if your baby is gaining weight you can let her sleep.
Is she getting enough?Count those wet diapers! She’s getting enough if she has about 6-8 wet diapers or 3-4 stools per day and is gaining weight. Remember Foublie coaches are lactation consultant and can help you out if you have any questions! Definitely get help if you are in any pain while breastfeeding or just need someone else to tell you “you’re a champ!”.
You’ve got this!
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