Babies show hunger in many ways. Did you know that crying is actually a late sign of hunger? It's true.
Watch your baby for early hunger cues and try to feed him before he begins to cry. What are some early signs of hunger?
- Rooting. Rooting is a reflex that is present at birth and is elicited by stroking a baby’s cheek. Once baby's cheek is stroked, he/she will turn head and open his/her mouth in the direction of the stimulus.
- Bringing hands to the mouth.
- Smacking the lips.
- Making sucking movements of the mouth.
- Sighing, sobbing or cooing.
- Increased alertness.
- And rapid eye movements.
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST