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    Default Sucking on hands....cluster feeding ?

    Hi,

    My son is 13 weeks old but he was premature so his corrected age is actually 6 weeks. For the last couple of days he has been munching/sucking on his hands really frequently.

    I thought this was/is a hunger signal but he is doing it within 30 minutes to an hour after feeding!!!

    Can anyone tell me what this might mean?

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    What happens if you feed him?

    He might just want a top up, or he might be ready for another feed at this time.

    My babies would often want feeds hourly.

    The ABA has some great pics on what 'i am ready for a feed' looks like.
    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/feeding-cues

    Full term babies have a growth spurt around 6 weeks, maybe your little one is preparing for one.

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    Hi Bubbles10...

    He goes straight back to sucking on his hands after I have burped him...he feeds for quite but these feeds tend to be long ones, about 45 minutes. They have quite a fussy /urgent quality to them...he seems stressed and snuffly.
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    At the same age my DD discovered her hands and they are now always in her mouth (she's now 5 months). It's more of a tired sign for her than hunger! It's a developmental stage all bubs go through

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    That makes sense too... I could be over-feeding him..he started doing it when he should have been sleeping...very confusing for his poor Mum and Dad...

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    Sucking hands is completely normal and not a sign of anything being wrong at all. It's just part of normal development. I know with my ds I went for a whole month (at around 2 - 3 months from memory) and I couldn't get a photo of him without his hands in his mouth ... and I took a LOT of photos!

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    Default Sucking on hands....cluster feeding ?

    DD sucks hands as both hunger signal and tired. I read between them based on when she does it and what facial expressions are offered at the same time!


 

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