This Version Posted: December 6, 2019
Cue-based feeding means watching your baby to know when they are hungry and when they have had enough food. It’s important to follow your baby’s lead and watch for early signs (cues) that your baby is hungry. Remember to be flexible – it is normal for feeding patterns to change from day-to-day. Every baby is unique and you should not compare your baby’s feeding schedule to others or base it on the clock.
Knowing When Your Baby is Hungry
Babies show early signs of being hungry. Some early signs your baby is ready to eat:
- rapid eye movement during light sleep
- turning head side-to-side
- wiggling, moving arms and legs
- hand to mouth movements
- sucking sounds and movements
- soft cooing or sighing sounds
Crying is a late hunger sign and it is best to recognize the cues and feed your baby before they start to cry.
Signs Your Baby May Be Full
- sucking actions slow down
- losing interest or letting go of nipple
- rooting will stop
- turning head away
To learn more about cue-based feeding, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak with a Family Health Nurse.
Baby Feeding Cues – Queensland Government