Is your newborn hungry?

Recognising a baby's hunger cues help parents ensure they do not overfeed their child.
Recognising a baby's hunger cues help parents ensure they do not overfeed their child.PHOTO: ST FILE

New parents tend to worry about their baby going hungry and may get formula milk ready just in case the mother's breast milk would not flow.

However, most newborns are generally sleepy in the first 24 hours. They may wake up a few times to nurse but they are usually not very hungry, said Dr Christelle Tan, a specialist in paediatric medicine and consultant at Raffles Specialists' Holland Village centre.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Is your newborn hungry?'. Print Edition | Subscribe