Growth Spurts in Breastfed Babies
All babies will experience infant growth spurts, also called “frequency days.” Mothers usually assume that they have a low milk supply during these periods of growth spurt. Their babies may demand to be breastfed more often during the day and night, and may become very fussy.
Growth spurts can be very frustrating, but keep in mind that they are temporary and essential for development.
Growth spurts occur most commonly during the first few days at home, at two, three and six weeks and then again at three and six months. These are just guidelines, as some babies may experience growth spurts during other times, too. Newborn growth spurts are common and sometimes confused with colic.
A mother may even notice her toddler's growth spurts, as these continue into adolescence.
The best thing to do, is to just breastfeed your baby whenever he/she demands it. This way, your body will make sure that you produce more milk; the more you breastfeed, the more milk your body will make.
A baby growth spurt also never really lasts longer than a few days. If the breastfeeding problems continue longer than a week, you should speak to a lactation consultant in connection with increasing your milk supply. Increasing milk supply.
If your baby is still producing enough wet and dirty diapers, then it is usually a sign of a growth spurt and not low milk supply.
Required dirty and wet diapers for different ages. (bottle fed and breastfed)
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