How are you to know, when your baby is hungry? Well here we have a few suggestions on how to tell if your baby is hungry…
Baby Hunger Cues ~ The Different Hunger Cues
babies are different, and all have different ways of letting their mothers 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 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 their mouth, and sucks on them. Your 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.
Every baby is different, and therefore every mother needs to learn to interpret her own baby’s cries.
Remember that as your 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 can assume that he/she is probably not hungry.
Some infant cries are just plain developmental.
A Video on the Introduction of Solids and Hunger Cues to Look Out for
Baby Signs of Hunger ~ Extra Tips
Things to remember
If your baby is younger than four 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.
"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 accompanied 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.