Breastfeeding

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Hunger Cues

Babies will let you know when they are hungry. Watch for your baby’s feeding cues.

Your baby will show some cues to let you know that she is ready to feed and when she is finished.  

Using a soother may seem like a good idea, but it can hide a baby’s early signs of hunger. Using a soother or pacifier instead of watching for your baby’s feeding cues may cause you to make less milk.

To see what feeding cues look like, click here.

Early feeding cues – “I’m hungry”
  • Stirring
  • Mouth opening
  • Turning her head
  • Seeking/rooting
Mid feeding cues – “I’m really hungry”
  • Stretching
  • Increasing physical movements
  • Hand to mouth
Late feeding cues – “Calm me, then feed me”
  • Crying
  • Agitated body movements
  • Colour turning red

 

Crying is a late sign of your baby’s hunger and you may find that your baby is more difficult to latch onto the breast when they are crying

If this happens, it is time to calm your baby:

  • Hold your baby skin-to-skin
  • Cuddle, talk and stroke him

Once your baby is calm, then bring him to your breast. 

For more information on feeding your baby/child in Simcoe Muskoka, please contact your health care provider or contact Health Connection by calling 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by email or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.

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