What are the symptoms that can help you know if the baby is hungry or not? We solve this doubt for you by discovering the most common signs. And beware: crying is not always a reliable sign.
Although the opposite is usually thought, and we tend to usually believe that it is a sign of hunger, did you know that crying is actually a rather late indicator? This is indicated by many pediatricians, who agree that when the baby cries – and has not eaten for a long time – it could be a sign of hunger. But, in turn, the baby may cry for other reasons. So how can we tell when the little one is really hungry?
There is no doubt that crying becomes the way in which babies communicate with the environment in which they develop, particularly with mother and father. But the reality is that crying is not always a sign of hunger. That is, when the little one cries it does not mean that he is necessarily hungry.
For example, the baby may cry because he is too hot or too cold, out of boredom, overstimulation, or because he simply needs to be changed or cuddled. Thus, it may happen that the little one is sleeping in the crib or in his bed, and begins to cry because he feels alone and needs to feel the warmth of his parents.
For this reason, it is usual that, especially at the beginning, it is difficult for new moms and dads to know if the baby is crying from hunger, or if anything else happens to him or has some other need.
In this sense, the truth is that not knowing when the baby is hungry may be more common during breastfeeding and on-demand feeding (the most recommended and recommended), since when we feed the little one with a bottle it is more common to control the distance between takes.
Fortunately, there are a number of signs or signals that could clearly indicate that a baby is hungry. Do you know which ones they are? The most common are the following:
- He puts his hands and fists in his mouth, sucking them hard.
- Puts lips in the same way as if you were going to suck.
- Open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
- He shakes his head from side to side (a sign that he is trying to find his mother’s breasts).
- It rubs against the mother’s breasts.
- He moves his mouth in the direction of the element that he touches, or when his cheek is stroked (this is what is medically known as a searching reflex).
If the baby shows some of these symptoms, we can be more clear about whether or not he is hungry, especially if it has been some time since the last time we fed him (for example, between feedings during breastfeeding or between bottle and bottle).
And what signs can help the mother to know if the baby is satiated or not? Very simple, the most common symptoms are the following:
- Slower and more deliberate suction.
- Loss of interest in the breast.
- Moving away from the breast (or bottle).
If these signs appear, you will be sure that the little one’s appetite has been satiated. Therefore, you can calmly end the shot from the moment you detect them.