How to spot hunger cues when bottle feeding

Similar to breastfeeding, it's crucial for parents who bottle feed to be able to identify their baby's hunger cues. Crying should be seen as a late indicator, as there are several signs to observe before your baby reaches that stage.

Signs your baby might be hungry:

  • If your baby appears restless and struggles to settle, it's often a sign of hunger.
  • You might notice them turning their head and opening their mouth, a natural response known as rooting.
  • Additionally, they may suck on their fist, fingers, or even try to suck on objects like toys.

Paying attention to these cues can help you recognize when your baby is ready to be fed.

Source: HIPP (2023)


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