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I think that I've been missing the early hunger cues - and babe is now 7 weeks old. With two older kids (ages 2 and 4 years) and the LO often in a sling I think I ignore the early cues...and will shush ds back to sleep or just wait until his asking is more difficult to ignore. I was just doing some reading on KellyMom and discovered this. Until now I would have said that nurse on demand and my intentions are good - I'm not trying to schedule or delay his feedings, I believe in nursing on demand I'm just trying to meet the needs of everyone in the family and I guess I haven't been good at listening to ds's more quiet requests. He only eats about every 3 hours, roughly, and it sounds like maybe that's not enough? Although I've always said that this boy likes to eat big and sleep big. My question now is, at this age, after having been ignored/missed for so long, will ds still exhibit the early hunger cues? As it is I basically only feed him when he's crying.
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I'm guessing that's highly individualized. But he is still really young so even if some of his early warning signs are disappearing I would think that if you start watching for them more closely (rather than simply waiting for them) and responding more quickly that they will slowly reappear, since you will be positively reinforcing them. Initially that might mean responding to his crying as quickly as possible.

Or perhaps offering more often whether you think you spot a signal or not. That way he won't be crying before every feeding, that might break any cycle that could be developing.

My initial reaction was if he's gaining weight, what's the difference. The answer is obvious, you don't want him to feel like he has to cry to get your attention, especially for something as basic as food.

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My basic rule is anytime Ds putting is hands to his mouth hes hungry... and I go from there. sometimes hes not and jus wants to suck his hands (gets VERY pissed when he sees the boob then... tis kind of funny actually, but mostly hes hungry
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Originally Posted by Perogi View Post
My question now is, at this age, after having been ignored/missed for so long, will ds still exhibit the early hunger cues? As it is I basically only feed him when he's crying.
It couldn't hurt to offer more often.
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