Breastfeeding Hunger Cues In Pictures

Breastfeeding Hunger Cues In Pictures

See hunger cues in pictures. Frequent feeding is normal when your baby is first born. Baby may feed as often as every 1 to 2 hours. After the newborn period, your baby should be feeding at least 8 times in 24 hours including during the nighttime. 


Hunger cues in pictures

See hunger cues in pictures at the Queensland Government, Australia website.

Hunger cues

Rather than watching the clock, watch for cues that your baby is hungry. Early feeding cues (signs) are the best time to feed!

Early cues

"I’m hungry" (stirring, mouth opening, turning head and seeking/rooting).

Mid cues

"I’m really hungry" (stretching, increasing physical movement, hand to mouth).

Late cues

"Calm me, then feed me" (crying, agitated body movements, colour turning red).

See the main page about your baby's hunger cues and breastfeeding with video and translated key messages

This page last reviewed 30 May 2022.

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