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How will I know when my baby is hungry and ready to breastfeed?

Knowing When to Breastfeed

How will I know when my baby is hungry and ready to breastfeed?


Ann Schuchardt | Other-provider

Ann Schuchardt

Watch for signs from your baby that he/she wants to feed.

Your baby should wake and "cue" to breastfeed about eight to 12 times in 24 hours by rooting, making licking or sucking motions, bobbing his/her head against the mattress, your neck or a shoulder, or bringing his/her hand to the face or mouth.

Put him/her to your breast right then. Crying is a late feeding cue.

Usually a baby latches and breastfeeds better if he/she does not have to wait until he/she is crying, frustrated, or too tired to feed.

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