Is my baby hungry?
How to Read Infant Hunger Cues

 

Ahh cues. Some are more obvious than others so let us break it down for you. Infant hunger cues work like this: 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 your little one starts to feed. You will quickly learn that it is often much easier for both of you if you catch those early signs. So what are these signs? Read on! You’ve got this

 

Early cues: Hey Mom, I’m hungry!

  • Licking lips, mouthing
  • Sucking 
  • 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

  • Fussing
  • Agitated
  • Red face
  • Crying
 

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?

So you’ve got infant hunger cues down, but your baby loves to sleep. 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 my baby 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. 

Most mothers think they are not making enough milk. Read more about that here, but the truth is this: most mothers who think that are in fact making enough milk!

 

Want more help?

Foublie coaches are lactation consultants and can help you out if you have any questions about infant hunger cues or anything else feeding your infant! Definitely get help if you are in any pain while breastfeeding or just need someone else to tell you “you’re a champ!” Learn more about appointments.

 

 

You’ve got this!

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