Qn of the Month: What are Early and Mid Hunger Cues?

A: Instead of waiting till your baby starts bawling from hunger, look out for these signs (early and mid cues) that baby needs a feed…before he/she starts kicking and screaming in a fit of frenzy. Most people are not aware that crying is actually a late hunger cue. Early cues help signal that the baby is getting hungry, while mid cues signal that baby is REALLY hungry.

Early Cues:

  • Stirring in the sleep
  • Mouth opening as if he or she is nursing
  • Turning head from side to side
  • Seeking/Rooting

Mid Cues:

  • Stretching
  • Increased physical movement
  • Hand to mouth activity
  • Sucking on hands or clothing

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