How do I know that my baby is hungry?
Babies generally show a lot of signs to tell us they’re hungry. Crying is usually a late indicator of hunger and the baby should be reassured and calmed before starting to feed.
Some of the cues you should look for to see if your little one is hungry are:
Sucks her hand, sticking tongue out
Licking her lips
Moving and stretching her arms
Opening her mouth
Turning her head from side to side
Turning her head toward your head or chest (rooting)
Don’t wait until your baby cries before offering your breast. A crying baby has a harder time latching.
© State of Queensland (Queensland Health) 2012