Feeding All The Time Growth Spurt How Long Will It Last

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cyclemom - March 12

My son is almost three weeks old. Initially he would eat every 2 1/2 hours during the day and every 3 1/2 hours at night, like clockwork. The last few days he has been wanting to nurse every hour sometimes, but al least every 2 1/2 hours. The nights are just killing me and nursing him so often doesn't leave time for naps. If it is just a growth spurt, how long will this go on??


kellens mom - March 12

It sounds like he is trying to increase your milk production. I can not speak for you, but for me, it typically takes me 3 days to increase production. Hopefully it doesn't last more then a week...I will keep you in my thoughts. Hang tough.


Kristin72 - March 12

Sounds completely normal to me. My baby girl feeds even more often..she is just over 3 months and has been a frequent feeder from the beginning..arghh!!!


sapi - March 13

My pediatrician said to expect a growth spurt around 3 weeks and 6 weeks. It sounds like thats what going on. Usually they last between 24-48 hours where you will notice that they are constantly hungry.


tryingx3 - March 13

I am like Kristin72 - my dd wanted to nurse every 2 hours for ever - I fed on demand and didn't try to get her on a schedule...I kept telling myself we were growing a "brain". :-)


mamagoose - March 13

The same thing happened to me... but watch out that he doesn't turn you into his snack bar! A few weeks ago, my ds was only feeding 5-10 minutes every hour, when baby should really be on a b___st for around 15 minutes or more, (to make sure he gets the hindmilk that packs all the protein and fat that fills him up). The hindmilk helps him go longer between feedings. It's fine if your son is feeding frequently, as long as he's emptying at least one b___st in each nursing session, to makes sure he gets the rich hindmilk. The foremilk is metabolised really quickly and doesn't satisfy their appet_tes for very long.



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