Baby Signs Of Hunger


Breastfed Baby Signs of Hunger

How are you to know, when your baby is hungry? Well here we have a few suggestions on how to tell if Baby is hungry…

Baby Hunger Cues
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Different Hunger Cues

All babies are different, and all have different ways of letting you know that they are hungry; as you and your baby get to know one another, you will recognize your baby's unique hunger signals.


The common baby hunger cry (late sign of hunger)



Early Hunger Signs

Look out for early baby hunger signs that occur before crying:

Mouth, lips and/or tongue movements:

- Making sucking motions with the lips.

- Opening and closing the mouth.

- Sticking out the tongue.

- Puckering of the lips.

Rooting for the breast:

- Baby moves his/her head from side to side, as if looking for something. This is called the rooting reflex.

- If you touch the side of your baby’s head, and he/she turns that way, looking for something to suck, then you will know that your baby is hungry.

Hand to mouth reflex:

- This is when your baby puts his/her hands in the mouth, and sucks on them. Baby might also suck other things like toys or clothing.

Rapid eye movement while sleeping:

- This is a great time to feed a sleepy newborn, if you know he/she hasn’t fed in a while.

Read more about how to keep a sleepy baby awake to breastfeed. 


Different Baby Cries

Interpreting baby cries

- Every baby is different, and therefore every mother needs to learn to interpret her own baby’s cries.

- If Baby cries less than an hour after a feeding, then you know that he/she is not very likely hungry. As Baby gets older, the time between feedings will increase.

- A baby hunger cry will usually start off with "baby hunger cues" of discomfort, grunts and whining sounds.

- If your baby begins to suck, and then leaves the breast again, and begins crying once more, then you know that he/she is probably not hungry.

- Some infant cries are just plain developmental…


A video on the introduction of solids


Baby Signs of Hunger


Extra Tips

Things to remember

- If your baby is younger than six weeks, it’s always best to feed him every two hours. You do not need to stick to a fixed schedule; just make sure you breastfeed your baby at least eight times, every 24 hours.

Babies who are always hungry: Some hungry babies, like to breastfeed more often than every two hours, and that is perfectly normal. The first few weeks of constant feeding, will help build a good milk supply. Worried about overfeeding your baby?

Read more about overfeeding the breastfed baby here.

“My breastfed baby acts hungry, but just drank a few minutes ago!” Your baby may be going through a growth spurt, or might just like to comfort feed. Another thing that might cause this, is a lactose overload (usually accumpanied with an oversupply of milk).

- Some babies do not like to feed until they are full, and might like to drink small amounts every hour or so, this is normal.

- Never force your baby to feed!




Other pages on "breastfeeding problems" in connection with this page on baby signs of hunger

- Baby Cry analyzer

- First time breastfeeding

- Calming baby for breastfeeding



Whether your baby is hungry, annoyed, sleepy, bored, or is feeling stressed, you can feel confident that the WhyCry Mini will identify your baby's need...

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