Re: Advice on hunger cues and knowing when baby is full
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby!
As the PP said, it is entirely normal for new babies (and even a lot of older babies) to nurse very frequently. Breastmilk digests quickly, infant tummies are tiny, and "snacking" is actually a totally normal eating pattern for an infant, particularly during growth spurts when the infant's need for milk increases. It's only older children and adults who can be expected to eat infrequent large meals.
Hunger cues are something that will change with time. Newborns often have very reliable cues- rooting, mouthing, hand-sucking, etc. Older babies tend to lose this instinctive "vocabulary" and develop different ways of communicating their hunger (up to and including things like using the ASL "milk" sign or a special nursing word). If you're in doubt about what your LO wants, nursing is always the right thing to do- if he's not hungry, he won't eat or will not eat for every long.
Don't worry about baby being "full" all the time. It's really hard to figure out when a baby has nursed enough to enable you to button your shirt all the way back up. But that's normal for a newborn, and as long as the baby is gaining weight well and seeming happy and healthy, there's no reason to worry. Allowing the baby to set his own intake, and to learn when he's full and when he needs more- that's a really good skill to teach, one that will last him his entire life!
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