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Responsive Feeding: What is it, how to do it, and why

Updated: May 7, 2020

Responsive feeding is the practice of listening to a baby's communication about hunger or being full, then responding warmly and consistently by offering food or stopping the feeding. This includes offering food when baby "tells" you he or she is hungry (even if it's not "feeding time") and also stopping the meal when baby indicates he or she is full (even if the bottle is not empty or baby "usually" eats more.)

Sounds fairly straight forward, right? It's actually not. Many, many parents and medical professionals get tripped up with implementing responsive feeding.

Who's at risk for struggling with responsive feeding?