CLT Doulas

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Charlotte's very own doula agency! Providing the Queen City with Labor Doulas, Postpartum & Newborn Doulas, Placenta Encapsulation, Childbirth Educators, and a Belly Casting artist!

Newborn Hunger Cues

There are three types of hunger cues when it comes to your baby.

  1. Initial Hunger Cues
  2. Dynamic Hunger Cues
  3. Extreme Hunger Cues

During the Initial stage you may notice your baby:

  • Opening and closing their mouth
  • Smacking or licking their lips
  • Sucking on lips, tongue, hands, toys, etc.

During the Dynamic stage you may notice your baby:

  • Attempting to get into a nursing/feeding position
  • Fussing or increased breathing
  • Hitting/Tapping you on the arm/chest
  • Rooting the arm/shoulder/chest of whoever is holding them
  • Squirming

During the Extreme stage you may notice your baby:

  • Crying
  • Frantically moving head
  • Turning red

Should I wake up my newborn to eat?

Yes. Most newborns may be very sleepy when they first get home. They should be fed any time hunger cues are noticed, but at least every 2 hours during the day and at least once during the night. Once your pediatrician recognizes a healthy weight gain model, a pattern or schedule may be introduced.

What about feeding during the night?

If you have a sleeper under 4 weeks old, it is recommended to wake the baby at least every 4-5 hours to eat. If your little one is over 4 weeks old and is sleeping through the night and has at least 6 wet diapers and 3 soiled diapers during the day AND your pediatrician has approved the baby's weight gain model, you can allow your baby to sleep.

Always seek the advice from your pediatrician and/or IBCLC 

Charlotte Doulas is a professional doula agency serving families throughout the Metro-Charlotte area. They provide certified: birth doulaspostpartum & newborn doulas, and childbirth educators. Your CLT Doula supports every type of birth and works cohesively with your care provider. Give us a buzz, we're here to help.

Supporting Families In:

  • Ballantyne
  • Belmont
  • Charlotte
  • Concord
  • Cornelius
  • Fort Mill
  • Gastonia
  • Harrisburg
  • Huntersville
  • Indian Trail
  • Matthews
  • Monroe
  • Mooresville
  • Pineville
  • Rock Hill
  • Waxhaw
  • Weddington


Your CLT Doula Specializes In:

Aromatherapy | Baby Sign Language Education | Baby-wearing Education | Belly Casting | Cesarean Birth | Childbirth Education | Clients on Bed Rest | Cloth-diapering Education | Conceiving with ART & IVF | High Risk | Home Birth | High Medical HypnoBabies |Technology Labor & Birth | Induction | LGBTQP+ Families | Multiples | Over 40 | Plus Size Parents | Postpartum Mood Disorders | Prematurity | Sibling Support | Single Parents |Surrogates & Intended Families | Survivors of Sexual Abuse | Teens | TOLAC/VBAC | Twins