Feeding cues and signs of getting enough milk
- 0-1 Years
- Feeding and eating
Feeding cues are how your baby shows you that they are hungry and would like to be fed. These cues are also known as hunger signals. These signals will get stronger and louder as your baby becomes more hungry. Your baby will let you know when they are hungry, and it’s not just by crying.
Crying is the last sign of hunger and will often mean your baby will be too distressed to feed effectively. It is much easier to feed your baby when they are calm rather than waiting until they are upset.
Each baby has their own feeding cues and escalation of feeding cues. You will need to keep an eye out for what your baby’s cues are and respond to them.
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Signs of your baby getting enough milk
When breastfeeding your baby, it can be difficult to know if your baby if getting enough milk. Your baby only has a small tummy so they will want to feed frequently. Breastmilk is designed to meet all your baby’s needs. There is never a wrong time to offer your baby your breast. You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby. You can find out if your baby is getting enough milk by:
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Last reviewed: 1 November, 2023