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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by clairelana on Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:56 am

Right............Hmmmm Kaydi is still not going long between feeds and alot of the time wants to be attached to me constantly. I hear people talking about 3 -4 hours between feeds. Were lucky if we get to an hour between. I think she just snacks on me as well as using me as a dummy. I have started to offer both sides each feed as it was only 10-15 mins before she wanted more.

If i give her expressed milk usually 4-5 oz she will not want a feed for about 2 hours. Thats unless she is tired when she will want me to get her to sleep.

This proberly sounds like another growth spurt but she's been like this from day 1. I don't mind really as i'm loving feeding her mself. I just wondered if i'm doing something wrong. Am i putting her to the breast to quickly when she cries?

On a couple of occasions i have given her some baby juice in a bottle. Usually in the car as she screams everytime we get in. This also seems to settle her for quite a long period.

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Post by angpixi on Fri Oct 24, 2008 8:47 am

she could be just a little and often feeder like Aeryn was? Willow sometimes goes through phases like this and shes 1! sometimes i think she just likes reassured im there! i havent got much other advice but im sure someone will pop along soon with some answers! :aww:
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Post by Natasha on Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:22 am

Olivia went through these phases too, even after a growth spurt.

Its perfectly normal, she just loves to be with her Mummy!

Your not doign anything worng by putting her straight to the breast, its comfort and security she wants and breastfeedign gives her that.

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A newborn baby has only three demands.

They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts,


and security in the knowledge of her presence.


Breastfeeding satisfies all three.


And that continues throughout your breastfeeding relationship :boob:


One question though - when you feed, do you feed on the one, and then the next feed from the same again before moving over? or swop sides after a certain time during a feed?

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Post by clairelana on Fri Oct 24, 2008 9:29 am

I feed from one side till she stops feeding then i usually take her off as she's asleep or she wants to play. I then next time she wants to feed put her on the other side. She only actually feeds for about 5 mins each feed but sucks for comfort after that. I can tell when she is feeding as i can hear her drink. I can also see her swallow. Alot of thetime she is on she is not drinking.
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Post by kay on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:31 am

Corey feeds like this - day and night!

I dont mind though! He is going longer in the day now he is older - more going on in the day! But it does mean he feeds more at night Rolling Eyes lol!

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Post by clairelana on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:49 am

At least i know i'm not alone.
Am i ok to give her juice every now and then?
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Post by kay on Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:52 am

I started giving Corey juice or water in beaker when i started BLW at 6 months...

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Post by Drusilla on Fri Oct 24, 2008 7:54 pm

Claire - my Tiny Terror fed like this until he was about 7months and starting to eat most of his food. He is now down to 3-4 hours (though at nursery he goes without for 9 hours as he will not take milk from a cup or bottle, only water).

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