It is pretty common knowledge that babies grow up way too fast!
We hate that they have blow outs or don’t sleep, but those snuggles and smiles make up for it!
But how fast do they grow?
I had a lactation consultant with my son who told me to remember these numbers for growth spurts:
3, 6, & 9.
3 weeks, 6 weeks, 9 weeks
and 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months.
Then typically around their birthday every year afterward.
These aren’t exact, but you’ll find that right around these ages is when the growth spurts will take place.
So what can you expect when your baby is going through a growth spurt?
If you’re child is growing a lot in a short amount of time, of COURSE they need to eat more!
Those extra calories and protein are just what your baby needs to grow quickly.
This can be troublesome for a breastfed baby though. Since your body works on a supply and demand basis, you may find that the first few days of the growth spurt your child is extra needy and grumpy.
At first, your body won’t be making as much as your baby wants, so you may “run dry” quickly, and your baby will be very unhappy about it.
But don’t worry! Keep feeding on demand and your body WILL catch up. Unless your pediatrician recommends it, you shouldn’t supplement with formula. Your body needs to know that your baby needs more food, and the only way it can learn, is by the constant and frequent nursing sessions.
And if you find yourself having trouble breastfeeding, check out this post!
Changes in sleep
Along with eating A TON, you will find that your baby’s sleeping patterns will change too.
It is exhausting for your baby’s body to be growing, so oftentimes your baby will eat a lot, and then sleep a lot.
But sometimes it isn’t constant sleep. Since your baby is extra hungry, he may wake up more frequently just to eat more!
Don’t say no to these needs, since your baby really IS hungry. And night feeding is the norm at those earlier ages.
These growth spurts only last a few days, so hopefully the “schedule” your baby had will revert to “normal” (what even is normal with a newborn though?) pretty soon!
How to cope
Basically, all you can do is try your best to meet your baby’s needs! Whether it be those midnight snacks or just overall patience with possible grumpiness. Just hang in there and know that it will be over soon!
And try to catch some zzz’s whenever you can. Growth spurts are exhausting for moms and babies alike!
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