Monday, February 1, 2010

Mad About Mama Milk Monday: Growth Spurts

I was reminded once again this past week about the power supply and demand when it comes to breastmilk. 

I digress...

L had a growth spurt last week, which is appropriate since she is now 3-months-old (More on the age factor below).  For two nights and one day we nursed and nursed and nursed every 2-3 hours. 

No doubt, growth spurts quite litterally suck the milk and energy right out of mamas!  But, growth spurts are a blessing!  And while you could take a moment to complain about being woken up so often in the middle of the night, I choose to be thankful that L is growing and developing! 

If you're a nursing mama whose child is going through a growth spurt, take heart.  This too shall pass.  One word of advice; don't worry about your milk supply.  Yes, it might seem as if your supply is dwindling.  But have no fear... your supply is actually increasing!  Each time your baby nurses, s/he is calling for more milk.  Just when you think your milk supply is low or has run out (not really possible) more milk comes in.  Such an amazing design by our Creator! 

A true growth spurt- not just lots of comfort nursing- lasts between 2 and 3 days, according to Kelly Mom.

Growth spurts occur several times during the first year of life, and typically take place around the following ages:  7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months. However every baby is different, so your little one might be plus or minus a few days or weeks. 

Hey Mamas... don't forget to take extra care of yourself during these times.  Chances are you'll be up more frequently at night nursing, so be sure to catch a nap here and there for yourself.  Also because you're burning more calories while nursing more often you might feel hungrier... listen to your body!  I am always hungry as a breastfeeding mama, especially during the first 6 months while baby is nursed exclusively! 

During growth spurts be sure to... eat, drink (water), nurse, nap and be merry!!!

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