Feeding your baby

Feeding can be a lovely time to get to know your baby and to bond. At the start you’re going to be doing a lot of feeding.

How to tell when your baby’s hungry

Your baby will tell you they're hungry by using their body. They may:

  • stir and wriggle
  • turn their head from side to side
  • open their mouth
  • lick their lips
  • suck their fingers
  • start crying.

How often should I feed my baby?

Your baby has a tiny stomach (the size of a marble) so you need to feed them really often – probably every couple of hours at first, both day and night. It may feel like you’re doing almost nothing apart from feeding your baby at first. Don’t worry, as they grow their stomach will grow so there will be longer gaps between feeds.

More on feeding your baby

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