Growth spurt

Don’t panic! You have enough milk, it is only a growth spurt!

Is your baby cranky, fussy and crying more than usual? Is your baby crying after breastfeeding, that you feel your milk is not enough? Is your baby waking up crying from naps and sleep? Don’t rush offering a bottle of formula, you have enough milk. Your baby is simply going through growth spurt time!

Why does it happen?

Physical growth and developmental advances (new milestones such as rolling, crawling, walking, and talking) of babies are the reasons for growth spurt.

When does it happen?

All babies are unique individuals and they don’t follow a certain schedule. However there is an approximate list of growth spurt time:

  • First 7-10 days
  • 2-3 weeks
  • 3-4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months

How long does it take?

Again all babies are different, some babies may act normal during growth spurt time periods. From my son’s personal experience:

1-3 days at 7 days and 2 weeks as well as 2 months.

1 week at 4 months and 6 months.

How can you make sure it is just a growth spurt?

  • Your baby will demand feedings quite often (mine wanted on hourly basis)
  • Your baby will become fussy and keep crying for no reason (different from colic cry, more like demanding cry, unlike to colic’s painful cry)
  • Your baby will take breasts for longer/more ml of formula
  • Your baby will be waking up quite often
  • Your milk supply might seem decreased (actually not) it is just your baby taking more than before, yet your breast supply not adjusted to this demand

How to react?

  • Don’t offer a bottle or food
  • Keep on breastfeeding on demand. If bottle fed, you may increase the quantity with your pediatrician’s approval
  • Keep your baby closer to you then ever
  • Wait for this period to pass

Important:

Demanding babies pass through growth spurts more difficult than calm babies.

Please remember that growth spurts never accompanied with temperature or vomiting!

Please remember to have a checkup with pediatrician if you have any concern

 

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