Hunger cues

Hunger cues

Your baby will let you know when she or he is hungry

Lucille Beseler, RDN

Is co-author of Nurturing with Nutrition and a former president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics representing over 100,000 Nutrition professionals, while also active as a clinical dietitian in South Florida.

Article in collaboration with: Melanie Bazarte, PhD

How to tell if your baby is hungry

Look for cues to start a breastfeeding

  • Hands and fist go toward the mouth 
  • The baby is sucking on his or her hands 
  • Eyes fluttering quickly while sleeping then when awake 
  • Head turning towards the breast (rooting) 
  • Opening his or her mouth or smacking lips 

*If your baby is crying for the breast, it may mean a missed feeding cue. Your baby may then be too hungry and it may be harder time to calm down and latch on. Don't let your baby get over hungry.

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Adapted from Nurturing with Nutrition by Dr. Melanie Bezarte and Lucille Beseler, RDN

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