3) Your baby is putting hands in their mouth.
This may even look like they are trying to latch onto their hands.
4) Your baby is crying.
This final sign usually means your baby is frustrated that their other cues have not been noticed. It is much more difficult to latch a frustrated, upset baby. Try to calm them before attempting to latch.
Baby’s body language
The more you pay attention to your baby’s body language, the more in-tune you will be with your baby’s needs. You’ll eventually know the difference between a hunger cue, a dirty diaper cry, or a cry that says “I just want to cuddle.”
“Cue-based” or “on-demand” feeding is ideal, however, it will take time to easily recognize all their hunger cues.
Lastly, check and see if your newborn doing one of the following:
- Sleeping longer than 3 hours.
- Is having trouble being woken up to feed.
- Is having less than 8 feeds in 24 hours.
- Not eager to breastfeed when awake.
If so, professional help is recommended and it’s time to schedule an appointment with your pediatrician or certified lactation consultant!