Coping with a growth spurt

What is a growth spurt and how can you cope with it?

Baby growth spurts are defined as a rapid rise in weight and height. Growth spurts can be physical or mental and may occur at different times. Your baby’s sleep will be disturbed, baby will be crankier than usual and want to feed non-stop. A growth spurt lasts for a few days.

Try and get as much rest as possible and feed baby as often as you can. If you are a breastfeeding mommy let baby nurse as often and for as long as baby wants. This will increase your breast milk to accommodate for baby’s growing needs. Don’t top up breastfeeds with formula because you think your baby is not getting enough milk, it will take a few days for your supply to increase.

Try and sleep when baby sleeps and drink lots of water. Ask for help from hubby or anyone else if you cannot cope with everything.

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9 comments

  1. Very informative and great advice 🙂

  2. Excellent advice especially for all the new mommies 🙂

  3. Very good advice

  4. My baby has just been through his first growth spurt (at 3 weeks old). Thank you for the advice on your forums, I thought he was sick or maybe I didn’t have enough milk! I got into bed with him and fed on demand, 2 days later all back to normal 🙂 Very tiring so not looking forward to the next one!

  5. Growth spurts are exhausting! My little one was attached my boob for a whole week at about 3 months old. It tough but its just a stage and passes quickly 🙂

  6. This is informative..Thank u
    My 3 month old has been feeding non stop and very cranky..atleast now I know what’s happening…

    • Glad you have an answer Nkhensani 🙂 It could also be the start of teething which is very common around 3 months. Or a combination of the 2! I found from 3 months on my babies stopped sleeping so much during the day and needed a lot more stimulation. Good luck mommy!

  7. Lauren I know exactly what you mean! Very exhausting but it passes.

  8. Good information and excellent advise

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