How do I know when my baby is hungry?
Your baby will tell you when he is hungry by showing
feeding cues. Watch your baby closely so you can feed
him when he shows early hunger cues. It will be easier
to feed him if he is not fussy and crying.

His early feeding cues include:

- Sucking on his tongue, lips, hands, or fingers while asleep
- Moving his arms and hands toward his mouth
- Restless movements while asleep
- Rapid eye movements under his eyelids
- Opening his mouth when his lips are touched
- “Rooting” or searching for your nipple
- Making small sounds

Late hunger cues include:

- Crying
- Fussiness

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1. Is my body ready to breastfeed?
2. How do I know when my baby is hungry?
3. How should I hold my baby when I feed him?
4. What is Laid-back breastfeeding?
5. My breasts feel too full. Do I have too much milk?
6. How can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat?
7. How do I know my baby is full?
8. How do I feed my sleepy baby?
9. Do I have too little milk?
10. Engorgement and Plugged Ducts
11. Do I have flat or inverted nipples?
12. Sore nipples
13. How do I calm my fussy baby?
14. Calming a Colicky Breastfed Baby
15. Breastmilk Storage and Collection
16. How should I care for myself after my baby is born?
17. How do I know when to call my doctor?
18. Vitamin D and Breastfeeding
19. What are my rights as a breastfeeding mother?
20. Will I spoil my baby if I pick him up when he cries?
21. What if my family doesn't support breastfeeding?