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Who’s hungry?? Did you know ...

Who’s hungry??

Did you know that right from birth babies have the ability to tell us when they’re hungry? And it might not be what you think!

It’s not unusual for people to think that babies tell us they’re hungry by crying, when in reality, crying is usually what happens when they start to get that “hangry” feeling.

Before crying, babies tell us they’re hungry with their body language.

Suddenly becoming more awake and alert. Increased body movement. Rooting (opening their mouth and turning their head seeking the breast). Hands to mouth. Licking or smacking lips. Head bobbing and shaking if they’re being held on your chest.

Eventually those signs escalate to more vigorous movement, including “punchy” arm movements, redness in the face, and finally crying. At this point a lot of babies will be pretty worked up and might need some gentle soothing and calming before they’re able to compose themselves for latching.

Key take away here? In the early days, offering the breast if you’re not sure is never really the wrong answer. The cues can be subtle, but when they’re subtle latching can be a lot easier.

Seeing the hunger cues but struggling with effective latching? Get to hand expressing (and possibly a breast pump) and start offering drops of your colostrum.

How did you know your baby was hungry??

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Who’s hungry?? 

Did you know that right from birth babies have the ability to tell us when they’re hungry? And it might not be what you think!

It’s not unusual for people to think that babies tell us they’re hungry by crying, when in reality, crying is usually what happens when they start to get that “hangry” feeling. 

Before crying, babies tell us they’re hungry with their body language. 

Suddenly becoming more awake and alert. Increased body movement. Rooting (opening their mouth and turning their head seeking the breast). Hands to mouth. Licking or smacking lips. Head bobbing and shaking if they’re being held on your chest.

Eventually those signs escalate to more vigorous movement, including “punchy” arm movements, redness in the face, and finally crying. At this point a lot of babies will be pretty worked up and might need some gentle soothing and calming before they’re able to compose themselves for latching. 

Key take away here? In the early days, offering the breast if you’re not sure is never really the wrong answer. The cues can be subtle, but when they’re subtle latching can be a lot easier. 

Seeing the hunger cues but struggling with effective latching?  Get to hand expressing (and possibly a breast pump) and start offering drops of your colostrum. 

How did you know your baby was hungry??

#ibclc #breastfeeding #breastfeedinghelp #breastfeedingtips #breastmilk #humanmilk #lactation #humanlactation #lactationconsultant #nursingparent #newbaby #letstalklactation #latchinghelp #normalizebreastfeeding #supportisbest #infantgrowth #handexpression #newbornfeeding #postpartum #latching #latchingtips #handexpression #cincinnatibreastfeeds #cincyibclc #cincinnatiibclc #breastfeedcincinnati #cincinnatilactation #cincybaby