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How can you tell if your baby is hungry?

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Since they can't actually say "I'm hungry,” you’ll want to learn to look for cues that it's time to eat:

Crying is also a sign of hunger. But if you wait until your baby is very upset, it can be hard to calm them down.

  • Leaning toward your breast or a bottle
  • Sucking on their hands or fingers
  • Opening their mouth, sticking out their tongue, or puckering their lips
  • Fussiness

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Children's: "Feeding Your Baby."

HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics): "How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?"

KidsHealth.Org (The Nemours Foundation): "Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?" "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic Children's: "Feeding Your Baby."

HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics): "How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?"

KidsHealth.Org (The Nemours Foundation): "Breastfeeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?" "Formula Feeding FAQs: How Much and How Often?"

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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