Baby Growth Spurts

Watching your child grow is an enjoyable element of being a parent. Their growth is also an important aspect of monitoring their health and development. During your baby's first year, their rate of growth will vary at different times and they will have something called growth spurts. During these periods, they will have a greater rate of weight gain. If you are a breastfeeding mom, then baby growth spurts are something you should be aware of as it may affect feeding patterns. 

Baby Growth Spurts Signs

Newborn growth spurts can be surprising, especially to a first-time parent who has not experienced these phases before. However, if you are aware of the signs to look for, then you should be well prepared to cope with your baby's growth spurt. Here are some of the key growth spurts signs to look out for: 

  • Changes in sleeping patterns.
  • Feeding more.
  • Irritability. 

When Will Growth Spurts Happen?

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Each baby is different and this applies to their rate of growth. If your baby is not having a growth spurt at the same time as another baby of the same age, then this is not necessarily something to be concerned about. Typically, a baby growth spurt will happen around the following times: 

  • 10 days
  • 3-6 weeks
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months 

Breastfeeding During Growth Spurts

During growth spurts, your baby may feed differently than any pattern you have previously established. Don't worry, this is perfectly normal and your baby will probably resume their regular feeding pattern as soon as their growth spurt is complete. The following information is important for breastfeeding moms to take into consideration. 

  • Longer feeds: your baby is likely to spend longer times at the breast. You should just let your baby breastfeed on demand.
  • More frequent feeds: you will probably notice that feeds are closer together. Although this may be disruptive to your routine, it is important to allow your baby to feed as often as they need.
  • Irregular feeding: if your baby usually feeds at fairly regular intervals, you may notice a change in this pattern. It is possible that they will have several feeds closer together followed by a long period without a feed while they sleep.
  • Drink more water: During baby growth spurts, you might find it helpful to drink more water to support the increased milk supply you will need, to feed your baby during this time.
  • Rest: another tip is to get plenty of rest. Your baby may be very demanding due to their extra feeds and irritability. To help you cope during these phases, you might find that extra rest is helpful. 

Baby Growth Spurts and Sleeping

It is not uncommon for growth spurts in babies to affect their sleep. Most will sleep more. This is nature's way of allowing the body the time to grow and develop. However, some babies will sleep less, partly due to their irritability. Either way, it is likely that you will notice a significant difference in their sleep patterns, so you should be prepared for this. 

Overall, a growth spurt is a normal part of your baby's development. These occur at regular intervals throughout the first year of your baby's life.  As a breastfeeding mom, it is important to get plenty of rest, drink more water and to generally be well prepared for baby growth spurts. 

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