Baby hunger cues: Feeding can be very stressful for new parents, as they do not want their babies to go hungry, and on the other hand they fear over-feeding the baby.
You often hear new mums saying that their baby cries because of hunger
all the time.
It is true that in earlier days when your baby is very young, you
don’t get much of an idea from your baby about their feeding needs and
Midwives usually suggest a shortcut solution to knowing when and how
much, by recommending that you feed your new baby for certain hours of the day,
such as every two hours for newborns.
Despite this, you may find
yourself feeding your baby more often than the recommended time.
As a new mum,
you’re unable to understand your baby’s hunger cues and it’s understandable
that you want to err on the side of caution.
Feeding can be very stressful for new parents, as they do not want their
babies to go hungry, and on the other hand they fear over-feeding the baby.
It’s normal to ask yourself,‘am I doing this right?’and struggle to find the
Just like adults, infants have a satisfying point.
Although they cannot
tell you by talking, they definitely give some signals to show their interest
in feeding or that they feel full enough.
Generally, health practitioners will tell you the standard requirements
of your baby’s feeding needs: they can in fact differ from baby to baby.
depends on how much energy a baby needs, which depends primarily upon the
That’s why the best way is to observe carefully and understand
your baby’s signs of hunger and fullness.
Once you understand your baby’s cues, it becomes much easier to manage
baby’s feeding schedule.
Moreover it helps improve your baby’s physical and
On the other hand, if parents are unable to understand their
cues, it not only confuses the baby but it will also end up either over feeding
the baby or leaving the baby hungry when they actually need energy.
Cues that your baby is hungry
Not all babies tell you in the same way that they’re feeling hungry, but
the majority of babies show some of these common signs of hunger:
Sucking on finger or fist
This is the most common and earliest sign of babies to tell their mother
that they are feeling hungry.
They usually do this when they are awake and
A large number of infants do this while they are sleeping and hungry.
But lip smacking does not always mean that baby is hungry.
Some children do
this regardless of being hungry.
This is a very late sign of hunger.
By this time your baby is very
hungry and because you have been unable to understand their other general
hunger signals, the baby becomes very stressed and restless and at this point
they are essentially communicating unhappiness and stress.
They tend to start
crying at a lower pitch which slowly rises higher until you pick up your baby and
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