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How will I know when my baby is ready for another feed?

Expert’s answer:

Keeping your baby close will help you to notice their feeding cues (or signs that they are ready for a feed). It is helpful to bring your baby to your breast for a feed as soon as they show the early feeding cues. Watch for the following cues:

  • eyes fluttering, before they even open,
  • sticking out the tongue,
  • moving their hands to their mouth, sucking fists or fingers,
  • making mouth movements (opening & closing their mouth),
  • making sucking noises,
  • moving their head from side to side, moving towards your breast, or their little head may bop around a bit as they try to find your nipple, or
  • moving their head when you touch their cheek trying to latch (this is also called ‘rooting’).

Having your baby with you while you are in the hospital (rooming-in) and when you go home will help you learn your baby's way of 'asking' for a feed. You can feed your baby when they show any of these feeding cues.

Crying is a late sign of hunger and can make breastfeeding stressful for you and difficult for baby. If your baby does start to cry, just take a few moments to settle them before trying to feed.

When is a good time to feed baby?

Our guide on Baby’s Feeding Cues will help and it’s available in different languages below:

Feeding Cues Infographic English

Feeding Cues Infographic Spanish

Feeding Cues Infographic Chinese

Feeding Cues Infographic Korean

Feeding Cues Infographic Vietnamese

For further information watch this video where our midwife Brenda Piper Callan talks about breastfeeding a newborn baby, cluster feeding and how many times a day your baby may feed. 

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