What it sounds like: Your baby’s cry may range from weak to high-pitched, depending on her level of hunger. She may open her mouth wide, stick out her tongue and pucker her lips, as if anticipating a feed, says Dr Simon Ng from Babies and Children Specialist Clinic at Mount Alvernia Hospital. She may also move her head from side to side, as if searching for your breast. Or, if you touch the side of her face with your finger, she may turn her head in that direction. She may also suck on her fingers, toys or clothing.
What to do: A newborn’s feeding schedule can be unpredictable, so it’s worth getting to know her hunger cues, such as the stirring and sucking motion. Offer her milk before she gets to the frantic crying stage, says Dr Ng. As she gets older, you won’t have to feed her as frequently.