If you are breastfeeding, it can take a few days for your milk to come in. What your baby gets those first few days is a special kind of milk called colostrum, which helps to build your baby’s immune system.
As they grow, babies give lots of cues about how hungry they are. Their cues can be tough to understand at first. With practice, you can learn what your baby is telling you!
If your baby is saying, “I’m hungry,” he may:
- Open his mouth.
- Turn his head.
- Seek and root for a nipple.
If your baby is saying, “I’m really hungry,” she may:
- Increase her movement.
- Put her hand to her mouth.
If your baby is saying, “Look out! I need to be calmed – and then fed,” he may:
- Show agitation in his body movements.
- Turn the color red.
If your baby is saying, “I am full,” she may:
- Open or relax her arms alongside her body.
- Open or relax fingers.
- Arch her back away.
- Push away.
- Fall asleep.
If your baby is upset or crying but does not seem hungry:
- Cuddle her.
- Talk to her.
- Stroke her.
- Give her skin-to-skin contact on your chest.