Hunger cues for breastfeeding

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Hunger cues for breastfeeding

When your baby is hungry, they will show signs of nuzzling, hand-sucking, or mouthing (opening their mouth and turning their head).

When your baby is hungry, they will show signs of nuzzling, hand-sucking, or mouthing (opening their mouth and turning their head). These signs can happen when their eyes are closed or open.

These early signs your baby is hungry are the most useful when you and your baby are learning to breastfeed.   Try to feed your baby as often as they show signs they are hungry. 

Try to feed your baby before they start crying. It’s easier to position and latch your baby at your breast when they are not upset and crying.

This page last reviewed 27 May 2013.
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