What are Baby Feeding Cues?

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Baby Feeding Cues

Even before your child can talk, he or she will show signs of hunger or fullness by using sounds and movements also known as Baby Cues and Signals.


Feeding Cues (Early, Mid & Late)

Feeding Cues are divided into three categories Early Hungry Cues, Mid Hungry Cues, and Late Hungry Cues! It's best to start feeding your baby when you see early cues.


1) Early Feeding Cues

  • Smacking & Licking Lips

  • Opening and Closing Mouth

  • Sucking on lips, tongue. hands, fingers, and clothes


2) Mid Feeding Cues

  • Rooting around on the chest of whoever is carrying him

  • Trying to position for nursing, either by

  • lying back or pulling on your clothes

  • Fidgeting or squirming around a lot

  • Hitting you on the arm or chest repeatedly

  • Fussing or breathing fast


3) Late Feeding Cues

  • Crying

  • Agitated Body Movement

  • Turning Red


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What Are Hungry Cues & How Do They Look Like?

Hungry Cues are when your baby is telling you they are hungry. Babies should be fed when they are hungry. Crying is a late indicator of hunger.

What does it look like?

  • Fists moving to mouth.

  • Head-turning to look for the breast.

  • Becoming more alert and active.

  • Sucking on hands or lip-smacking.

  • Opening and closing mouth


Baby Full Cues

Full Cues are signals or body language that means your baby is full and they aren't hungry anymore.


What does this look like?

  • Turning away from your nipple or a bottle

  • Starting to play

  • Appearing easily distracted

  • Disinterested in feeding

  • Began to cry shortly after feeding

  • Starts extending his fingers, arms, and/or legs

  • Slowing his sucking

  • Starting to fall asleep

Baby Overfeeding Cues

Overfeeding Cues are signals or body language that means your baby is full and they aren't hungry anymore.


What does this look like?

  • Pushes bottle or breast away

  • Turns their head away

  • Spits out milk/formula

  • Seem disinterested during feeding

  • Fusses or squirms

  • Begins to fall asleep

  • Decrease or even stops sucking

  • Excessive crying

  • Cramps and tummy spasms

  • Mistaking hungry cues for something else

What are the benefits of catching Baby Cues & Signals?


The benefits of catching Cues and Signals early are significant, allows babies to feel safe and be capable of getting their needs known. On-time interactions help babies to learn self-regulation and build healthy attachment and trust between adult and child. When parents learn their baby's cues; parents will feel confident and boost their self-esteem.