Sleeping and Feeding Issues
A baby that breastfeeds effectively cues (shows readiness) for feedings, is in a good feeding position, latches-on (attaches) deeply at the breast and moves milk forward from the breast and into his / her mouth.
To feed well, a baby has to wake up and let his / her mother know that he / she wants to eat often enough in 24 hours. Watch your baby and begin breastfeeding when you see him / her showing any of these feeding cues:
- sucking movements
- bobbing the head against the mattress or your neck / shoulder
- bringing hands to face or mouth
- squeaking noises
Crying is a late feeding cue, and many babies have trouble latching once they become frustrated and begin to cry.