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Growth spurts

During the fist year of life, a baby has five growth spurts.So, if you notice that your baby is always hungry and breastfeeding in everythree hours isn’t enough for it, then your baby may have its first growthspurt. It is perfectly normal that yourbaby triples its weight in the first year. It is interesting that all this growthhappens during the first 12 months of the baby's life. In most cases, the first growthspurt appear between the first and third week of life, then you may expectthat it will happen again in its third, sixth and ninth month. It lasts onlyfor a few days, and then it all returns to normal again.

How to recognize growth spurt?

It is very easy to recognize it. If you see that your babyis eating round the clock and always wants more, then you can be sure that itis growth spurt period. During the night, your baby will be awake longer, wantingto eat. Even if your baby is used to sleeping a bigger part of its short life,it will wake more often, screaming for food. A baby is likely to be more nervousduring growth spurt and as for the drinking of milk, it will be anxious to drink moreand more. And if there isn’t any more milk in your breasts, then it will become crankyand irritable.

How to cope with growth spurts

It is very difficult to deal with a newborn that is going throughgrowth spurt. You should drink a lot of water so that you are hydrated and helpis required. Your partner can contribute by spending an hour or two with a baby,so that you can rest and prepare for a long night that is ahead of you. It isimportant not to stop breastfeeding. If you are breastfeeding and your babyis still hungry after being fed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t haveenough milk. You have to be aware that this is only a temporary condition andthat it will pass soon. If your baby’s growth spurt doesn’t pass, you may startworrying. You can tell from its weight gain and diaper if everything is inorder. If it is growing, then if is fine, but if weight is the same as beforeor is reducing, then it is time to visit a doctor. If you are changing five orsix diapers every day, then you can be sure that he is experiencing one of hisgrowth spurts.

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