How to Deal With Baby Growth Spurts
Babies react many different ways to their growth spurts. Some may not notice the growth spurt at all. They take it in stride and do not have symptoms. Others are different.
Recognizing when your baby is going through a growth spurt:
1. Baby wants to eat nonstop. This is probably one of the first and most overt signs that your baby is going through a growth spurt. If your baby usually nurses every 3 or 4 hours, they may start nursing every 1-2 hours. Don’t be alarmed! Remember, the more often your baby breastfeeds, the more he or she stimulates milk production to keep up with the growing appetite. This goes the same for older babies, oftentimes they will also want to nurse more and up their intake of solids, if they’re on them.
2. Baby will be up more often at night. During a growth spurt you can expect for your little one to be up more frequently throughout the night to eat. Older babies tend to take shorter naps, due to feeling the need to eat more.
3.Baby will be crankier/fussier than usual. You may notice that baby latches and unlatches a lot, because they may grow frustrated with the fact that you milk is not coming down fast enough. The latching and unlatching is just impatience, and most likely has nothing to do with you having a lack of adequate milk supply for baby. Additionally, the lack of sleep from staying up makes babies a bit more crankier/fussier than usual.
Best ways to deal with growth spurts:
1. Stay hydrated, by drinking plenty of water.
2. Have your partner or a friend to help with things around the house.- This is a good time to catch up on all those shows you miss in the primetime or that movie you never got around to seeing.
3. Don’t give up on breastfeeding, this is the best time to keep at it. When baby seems hungrier and crankier than normal, you may worry that he’s not getting enough to eat and that there’s a problem with your milk supply. Don’t let the growth spurt make you think is and discourage you from breastfeeding. The round-the-clock feedings are temporary, and are actually your baby’s way of boosting your milk supply to keep pace with the healthy appetite.