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)
 

Infant Hunger 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?

Is your baby 2 weeks or under? If you are within the first 2 weeks, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you do wake your baby up every 2-3 hours. After that, they say if your baby is gaining weight you can let her sleep for 4-5 hours. Formula instructions are a bit different and you can find those here.

Is my baby getting enough?

There are 2 clues for you. In the first month, count those wet diapers! She’s getting enough if she has about 6-8 wet diapers or 3-4 stools per day. The other trick, and that is your go-to for the first month and beyond is, is your baby gaining weight.  

Am I making enough milk?

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?

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