The majority of babies go through numerous development spurts (also called frequency days) during the first 12 months.
During a development spurt your baby will gain weight, length and head circumference quicker than normal. She might also strike a developmental turning point, or master an ability she’s been working on for a while.
What is a growth spurt?
During a growth spurt, breastfed babies nurse regularly than normal (often as often as every hour) and frequently act fussier than typical.
The boost in baby’s milk intake during development spurts is temporary. In solely breastfed babies, milk consumption increases rapidly during the first couple of weeks of life, then stays about the exact same between one and six months. As solids are slowly introduced after six months, baby’s milk consumption will gradually decrease.
Physical development is not the only reason that babies may have a temporary requirement for increased nursing. Babies typically exhibit the very same type of behavior (increased nursing with or without increased fussiness) when they are dealing with developmental advances such as rolling over, crawling, walking or talking. Mom’s milk is for growing the brain in addition to the body!
When do babies have growth spurts?
Typical times for growth spurts are during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months (more or less). Babies do not read calendars, nevertheless, so your baby may do things in a different way.
Growth spurts do not stop after the first year– most mamas discover growth spurts every few months during the toddler years and periodically thereafter on through the teenage years.
The length of time do development spurts last?
Development spurts usually last 2-3 days, however in some cases last a week or two.
What is the best method to deal with a development spurt?
Follow your child’s lead. Baby will automatically get more milk by nursing more often, and your milk supply will increase due to the increased nursing. It is not necessary (or recommended) to supplement your baby with formula or expressed milk during a development spurt. Supplementing (and/or scheduling feeds) hinders the natural supply and demand of milk production and will prevent your body from getting the message to make more milk during the growth spurt.
Some nursing moms feel more starving or thirsty when baby is going through a development spurt. Pay attention to your body– you might have to eat or drink more during the time that baby is nursing regularly.