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Can someone please remind me what a growth spurt looks like?

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YouMaySayImADreamer Sun 01-Feb-15 13:41:37

I am ebf my 3 week (tomorrow) old and have previously bf my ds1 to 13mo, but im struggling to remember this.

My ds2 has been really settled between feeds up to now. He has tended to cluster feed in the evening and at night and sleep a lot, feeding approx every 2-3 hours during the day. However, on Monday for just one day, and now again last night and today, he has been feeding constantly on and off, day and night.

He will scream to be fed, i'll put him on the boob, he'll either have what feels like a decent feed, or will feed quite lazily before falling asleep (sometimes it will just feel like he is sucking my nipple and doesnt have much breast in his mouth although latch looks ok). When he falls asleep I will try to get him latched back on which he won't, so I will lie him upright on my chest and invariably he will start grizzling again, sucking his hands and hunting for the boob. It is like he just wants to be close to it constantly. When I do manage to put him down he will go 5-30 mins max before he wakes up screaming for more food, or grizzling sucking his hands like he has never been fed!

I do worry about everything my supply as I have never been a leaker or felt hugely engorged, and during this my boobs feel quite soft and empty. I am also getting a bit paranoid that I have some undiagnosed infection (other symptoms, different story) that is affecting my supply.

Does this sound typical of a growth spurt and should I feel so empty if so?

donkir Wed 04-Feb-15 18:36:49

No advice but my 4day old has been the same today. I feel like a milking cow. Feeling quite down with all the feeding.

tiktok Wed 04-Feb-15 20:41:21

Dreamer, all that is absolutely on the normal spectrum inc the softer breasts.

It doesn't last.

donkir don't take this the wrong way, but at four days postnatal, what else do you have to do that's more important??! I mean, you don't have a shopping trip planned or anything do you? smile Again it does not last. Get help and support in these early days so you don't have to do anything else and grab sleep when you can. Enjoy your baby.

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