Breastfeeding

Signs of a hungry baby

Signs of a hungry baby

Every newborn baby is a separate individual with her own sleep-wake rhythm. When babies feed, and for how long, also varies. If you spend a lot of time with your baby – as happens in rooming-in for instance – you will soon get to know her and learn to understand her language. You can watch for the first signs of hunger and breastfeed your baby according to her needs.

Signs of hunger – the baby wants to be fed

  • Licking the lips
  • Lip-smacking noises
  • Sucking and searching movements
  • Sucking on the fingers / hand
  • Stretching out the tongue
  • Restlessness
  • Crying as a later sign; starting a breastfeed is often harder at this stage