Feeding cues

Babies instinctively let us know when they need to be fed. This article will help you to recognise when your baby needs to be fed. This can help to make breastfeeding work well for both of you.

Not yet, Mum!Photograph thanks to Swan Hill and Districts and Portland ABA Groups

‘Not yet Mum!’

In most cases, healthy, thriving newborns will wake on their own accord for feeds and so get all the milk they need. However, there are some reasons why a newborn may be extra sleepy. It may be necessary to wake the baby for feeds to ensure he gets the milk he needs. See 'Do I need to wake my baby for feeds?' article.  

I'm ready for a feed now, MumI'm ready for a feed now, MumI'm ready for a feed now, MumI'm ready for a feed now, MumI'm ready for a feed now, MumI'm ready for a feed now, Mum

Photographs thanks to Swan Hill and Districts and Portland ABA Groups

 ‘I’m ready for a feed now Mum’

Feeding when your baby when she is showing the cues above:

  • keeps your milk supply up

  • satisfies your baby's hunger and thirst

  • lets your baby know you are there when he needs you.

Oops Mum!Oops Mum!

Photographs thanks to Swan Hill and Districts and Portland ABA Groups

'Oops mum!'

When your baby is crying, it is harder to:

  • get her to have a good feed

  • get her on the breast easily

  • avoid sore nipples.

Soothing strategies:

If your baby is upset, here are some ideas to try when she needs soothing:

 

Hold her:

eg skin to skin on your chest

Hold your baby

Photograph by Eve Brage

Wear her:

Wear your baby

Photograph by Susan Darcy

Walk her:

Walk your baby

Photograph by Susan Darcy


© Australian Breastfeeding Association April 2015

The information on this website does not replace advice from your health care providers.