Earlier signs of hunger that mean you should nurse the baby include:
- Putting his hands near his mouth
- Turning his head from side to side
- Rooting towards anyone when held in a nursing position
- Sucking on his hands or clothing
- Getting fussy or frantic
The sooner you can feed the baby, the fewer signs the baby will exhibit and the easier it is to feed the baby and to not become stressed out yourself. If you wait until the baby is crying you must first calm the baby before trying to feed him.