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Tell-Tale Signs of Satisfied Hunger in Infants

Tell-Tale Signs of Satisfied Hunger in Infants

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Mothers often face the challenge to know when to stop feeding their baby. It is natural to feel that your baby is not getting enough food. While both overfeeding and underfeeding are not good for the baby, the good news is that your baby is the single best authority for when she/he needs to be fed and when she/he is satisfied. 

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Though your baby cannot communicate through actual words about their hunger pangs, they, however, try communicating the same through their body language. Watch out for these satisfied hunger signs from your infant and schedule their meals accordingly.

Closed Lips

Similar to when your baby is hungry, he/she opens their mouth as a show of interest for food, a satisfied infant closes his/her lips entirely. Even if you try to feed your child, she/he will refuse to consume the food and spills it out.

Turns his/her Head away

Another sign to watch out for is your baby turning his/her head away from the food source. This is a more forceful version of closing their lips. If your baby turns her/his head away from your breast or a milk bottle, it means that they are full, and you shouldn’t force him/her to eat.

Reduce Sucking or Stop It Altogether

Your baby might reduce sucking or entirely stop breastfeeding, which means they are full and you can gently end the session.

Falling Asleep When Full

When your baby’s hunger is satisfied with breastfeeding, he/she generally is drowsy and may fall asleep after 15 to 20 minutes of feeding. Another sign to watch out is for your baby spitting out of the nipple.

Attention to Surrounding

At the age of 4 months, your baby becomes more aware of their surroundings and may often get distracted during feeding. That said, they put their curiosity on hold long enough to fill their stomachs. Once they are full, they are more drawn to things around them-which is a sign that their hunger is satisfied.

Lesser Restless Movements

When your baby’s hunger is satisfied with feeding, he/she becomes less restlessness with slower body movements and reduces hand-to-mouth motions.

Relaxed Posture

Another sign of satisfied hunger is your baby’s body posture. Her/his fists may uncurl, and feet are put down and they might slowly fall asleep.

A growing child’s feeding pattern might change along with the number of food intakes and timings at which they eat. However, make sure the first form of food your child receives is breastmilk. Nurse your baby until he/she is full. Though, feeding your infant can be a confusing task, these signs make it easier to understand your child. Watch out for these satisfied hunger signs from your child to make sure they are not being underfed or overfed.

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