Newborns and infants are not able to tell you when they are hungry, but they do communicate with you to let you know. As you get to know your little one you will start to pick up on the signs that they are hungry.
Here are some of the common signs to know when your baby is hungry.
Signs of Hunger
- Your baby is awake or is waking up
- Legs and arms are moving
- Fingers are going in their mouth
- Sucking on lips or tongue
- Their head is moving from side to side
- Your baby is turning towards your breast when you are holding it
- Your baby is making little sounds
- Your baby is making faces
- Your baby becomes restless
There are many that will tell you that you baby will cry when they are hungry and this is true, but this is a late sign of hunger. If your baby has reached crying stage then they are probably very hungry and getting frustrated. It can be hard to calm a crying baby and feeding might become a pain as your baby is now tired as well.
You should then try and feed your baby before the crying starts.
What Happens if there are still Hunger signs after a Feeding
When you pay attention to your babies cues you will notice that they are hungry every hour or so for a few hours and will then sleep longer.
If you think that your baby is hungry then offer them food even if it seems quiet frequent.
There are times that babies will want to cluster feed, which is when they want to nurse a lot in a short period of time.
If you have a sleepy baby you might not pick up on the hunger signs.
A newborn will need to eat 8 to 12 times in a 24-hour period, so if you have a sleepy baby, wake them every 3 hours or so.