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How to tell if your baby is hungry
Newborns have small stomachs that are not much bigger than a walnut. As a result, babies need to feed every few hours. It is normal for new babies to feed eight to 12 times every 24 hours.
You don't have to worry about overfeeding your baby. Your baby regulates the amount she takes in at each feeding.
Babies give cues when they are hungry. Your baby may:
- root or turn her head toward the cheek that you stroke
- open her mouth and search
- smack her lips
- make sucking movements
- put her hand in her mouth
- move her body in a way that looks like squirming.
When you see these cues, offer your baby your breast.
Crying is a late sign of hunger. It is best to start a feeding before your baby gets worked up and is crying hard. It can be more difficult to get an upset baby to latch well.