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My new born keeps sucking on his hand

He is BFED I thought maybe he is hungry. Fed him and five mins. after eating he sucks his hand. Has your new born done this?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:13 PM on Oct. 20, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • babies have a sucking reflex for comfort. If you give a paci he prob won't suck his hand; it's normal don't worry

    Answer by heartfrommyson at 11:15 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Usually it is a sign that he is hungry. How has nursing been going? Has your milk come in completely? If he latches on and sucks, then he's hungry. He might be cluster feeding...its an instinct babies have to help get your milk supply up. If he isn't nursing for long then he might just have a strong sucking reflex...are you opposed to a pacifier?

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 11:16 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • the whole sucking thing is a natural habit. just like if people bit their nails they dont notice it they dont know why they are doing it they are just doing it...He probably just wants something in his mouth thats why some kids get pacifiers but if you dont want him to have one then he will probably go on sucking his hand

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 11:16 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Both my kids sucked their hands.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 11:17 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • My granddaughter does this all the time. She is also BFED-she is now 4 months old and still does it. She doesn't like the pacifier and we figure it is better than thumbsucking. (as that causes orthodontic problems later) I am guessing it is just a comfort thing and would not worry.

    Answer by CoCoMom89 at 11:17 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • OP here. He spits his paci out only sucks it when we are in the car. He is two months old. I let him eat till he latches off.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:19 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • Some babies don't take pacifiers maybe he likes his hand more. I don't think he's hungry if he stops latching on.

    Answer by heartfrommyson at 11:20 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • I would still say it is a comfort thing. I doubt he is still hungry. Many babies don't take the paci till later if at all. (especially breastfed ones)

    Answer by CoCoMom89 at 11:38 PM on Oct. 20, 2009

  • My son is sucking on his hand as we speak..he is 2 months!! I just Bfed him so I know he isn't hungry. But I try to force him to take the binky bc I can take it away when he gets older (to prevent dental problems and such) but i can't take his hand

    Answer by WAREIZLILYBUGZ at 12:18 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Try letting him relatch (if you haven't already). But babies suck. It's normal. As long as you are offering bf when he does it, don't stress.

    Answer by apexmommy at 1:07 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

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