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How do I know when my baby is hungry?

Your baby will tell you when he is hungry by showing
feeding cues. Watch your baby closely so you can feed
him when he shows early hunger cues. It will be easier
to feed him if he is not fussy and crying.

His early feeding cues include:

  • Sucking on his tongue, lips, hands, or fingers while asleep
  • Moving his arms and hands toward his mouth
  • Restless movements while asleep
  • Rapid eye movements under his eyelids
  • Opening his mouth when his lips are touched
  • “Rooting” or searching for your nipple
  • Making small sounds

Late hunger cues include:

  • Crying
  • Fussiness
Do You Have Questions About Breastfeeding? Contact Your Local WIC or Call the
Breastfeeding Hotline
Hungry baby