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My baby just wants to eat and eat! Help!

Posted by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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HHello yes my baby is 3 weeks old. Maybe she is cluster eating. I'm worried she is developing a habit of being at my boob. I don't want her to get too use to this!

It seems as soon as she is done eating, And i make sure she stays awake to eat..i then try to burp her and she wants to eat again. Or she will fall asleep right after, so burping her or putting her inner bassinet wakes her up again! She cries and cries it seems! 


Help!

any advice is helpful.

jesika

by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:23 PM
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lovinmyboys...
by Bronze Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Growth spurt. Totally normal at this age.
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audreesmama
by on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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This is a growth spurt. It's normal!! Don't discourage it. It will only last for a short while.

http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/growth-spurts/

What is a growth spurt?

During a growth spurt, breastfed babies nurse more often than usual (sometimes as often as every hour) and often act fussier than usual.

The increase in baby’s milk intake during growth spurts is temporary. In exclusively breastfed babies, milk intake increases quickly during the first few weeks of life, then stays about the same between one and six months. As solids are gradually introduced after six months, baby’s milk intake will gradually decrease.

Physical growth is not the only reason that babies may have a temporary need for increased nursing. Babies often exhibit the same type of behavior (increased nursing with or without increased fussiness) when they are working on developmental advances such as rolling over, crawling, walking or talking. Mom’s milk is for growing the brain as well as the body!

When do babies have growth spurts?

Common 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 don’t read calendars, however, so your baby may do things differently.

Growth spurts don’t stop after the first year – most moms notice growth spurts every few months during the toddler years and periodically thereafter on through the teenage years.

How long do growth spurts last?

Growth spurts usually last 2-3 days, but sometimes last a week or so.

What is the best way to handle a growth spurt?

Follow your child’s lead. Baby will automatically get more milk by nursing more frequently, and your milk supply will increase due to the increased nursing. It is not necessary (or advised) to supplement your baby with formula or expressed milk during a growth spurt. Supplementing (and/or scheduling feeds) interferes with 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 hungry or thirsty when baby is going through a growth spurt. Listen to your body — you may need to eat or drink more during the time that baby is nursing more often.

                                       

JasonsMom2007
by Platinum Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Completely normal for a newborn. Could be a growth spurt as well. Just nurse on demand and don't stress over it.
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MommySwiggles
by Bronze Member on Apr. 11, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Sounds like a growth spurt.  Totally normal and at the boob is where she should be =)

frndlyfn
by Platinum Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:30 AM

I agree.   Nurse, nurse, nurse.  It is the first of a million growth spurts and she will eat tons during them.  Are you nursing from both sides?  Nurse from one side, burp and then have her nurse on other side.

justone_jen
by on Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Normal growth spurt.

Three weeks was the worst of it, for me. After that, everything gets easier. Let her be at the breast as much as she'd like.
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MumsTheWord571
by Gold Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:36 AM
What they said! Normal. Growth spurt. Just keep nursing on demand. It'll taper off in a few days. Expect them in 3s. 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months... It gets better. Hang in there.
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TrouserMouse
by Member on Apr. 12, 2013 at 12:37 AM

 Most likely it is a growth spurt and honestly, you are still establishing supply that early on and keeping her at your boobs as much as she wants is a good thing.

alexis_06
by AnnaLisa on Apr. 12, 2013 at 1:09 AM

 completely normal :)

Carreon
by on Apr. 12, 2013 at 10:52 AM
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Welcome to being a momma, for the next 3-6 months sometimes longer you will be at the whim of baby. It may overwhelming so try to take a break 30-hour if you can just for you. Then you will not resent the rest of your day doing whatever baby wants. Also your milk supply may not be enough yet it takes a little time to build up. Wishing you the best

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