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.
When are infant Growth Spurts Most Commonly Seen?
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
A mother may even notice her toddler's growth spurts, as these continue into adolescence.
What to Expect during these Growth Spurts ~ Baby's First Year…
Changes in the baby's sleep pattern, and he/she is perhaps not sleeping much at all.
Infant growth spurts sleepiness: Some babies sleep a lot during a growth spurt. Do not worry about this. Allow your baby to sleep. Although babies that are younger than two weeks, should be breastfed at least every two hours. Read more about keeping your baby awake during feedings.
Coping with Growth Spurts in Babies
A mother may sometimes question whether her baby has had enough to drink. Take a walk after a feeding. If your baby is full, he/she will fall asleep after being taken for a walk outside. If your baby continues to cry, he/she is probably still hungry.
Don’t panic if you still feel that the problem may be low milk supply. Weigh your baby before and after feedings. A nurse or lactation consultant will assist you with this at the clinic, or you can purchase a scale for use at home. Some mothers use a kitchen mixing bowl scale, if their babies are small enough.
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.