Feeding Cues When babies are ready to breastfeed, they will show feeding cues (signs that they are ready to feed). Keep your baby in the room with you and place them skin-to-skin on your chest often. This will help you learn your baby’s feeding cues and respond quickly. Your baby may be too upset to breastfeed while crying. In this case, calm your baby first by gently rocking side-to-side, or try skin-to-skin contact.

Crying (late cue) frantic movement

Rooting: Baby’s open mouth searching side- to-side for the breast

Hands to mouth and stretching

Tongue thrusting and fidgeting

Lip smacking

How Much Can My Baby’s Stomach Hold? Baby’s tummies are small and they need to be fed often so they can grow. It will take a lot of feeding to double their birth weight within 4 to 6 months. Full-term, healthy infants have the ability to regulate their milk intake when they are fed on cue. It is common for babies to feed often during the first few days. This helps bring in a good milk supply.

Approximate Newborn Stomach Size

DAY 1 Size of a grape 5 - 7 ml 1 - 1½ teaspoon

DAY 3 Size of a cherry tomato 22 - 27 ml 1½ - 2 tablespoon

DAY 7 Size of an apricot 45 - 60 ml 1½ - 2 ounces

At 1 month newborn tummies are the size of an egg and hold 80-150 ml (3-5 ounces).


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