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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 rhi'smummy on Sun Jun 13, 2010 3:21 pm

I think Scarlett is having a growth spurt at the moment, she's been attached to me almost non stop for the last few days and the few times Rhianna has wanted milk she says there's none there. She's just 4 months, although as she was a month early, I thought her growth spurts would be later too.
I can see why so many mums start introducing solids at 4 months when they get to this stage and nothing seems to fill them up. Its hard work, I've had to eat a couple of mars bars to keep up, luckily I happened to have a couple of mars bars in the fridge Laughing Just hope she's over it soon!

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Post by kay on Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:21 pm

i found the 16 week growth spurt very difficult!

do you think it might help Rhianna wean though if she is saying there is nothing there?

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Post by indigosky2k on Mon Jun 14, 2010 8:31 am

The 16 week growth spurt was definitely the hardest here, coincided with the 4 month jabs too which made it worse Rolling Eyes

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Post by rhi'smummy on Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:17 pm

Scarlett had her jabs last monday and the next 2 nights she was very unsettled, this growth spurt has come just after it, like you Davina.
I'm hoping it is helping Rhianna realise she can survive without it, although yesterday, she was hurt herself and wanted a tiny bit, but there was none there. She said she didn't want her baby sister anymore and she wanted someone to come and take her away Sad Its the first time she's ever said anything but lovely things about Scarlett. 10 mins later though, Chris made a loud noise and Rhianna really told him off for scaring Scarlett and came and gave her a big kiss and cuddle. She said it was her saying sorry for Daddy, but I think really she was trying to make up for what she'd said earlier.
My new plan is to let her have milk once or twice a day if she really wants it, but offering substitutes like milkshake or marshmallows as often as possible. But when she does have milk, she only has a tiny teeny bit. She mostly seems happy with that, and it seems to work for me too.
Any suggestions for anything I can eat to boost my supply temporarily? I think oats are meant to be good, so I've been eating porrige and flapjack.

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Post by kaygeebee on Mon Jun 14, 2010 10:24 pm

Oats and fennel tea!

I found that one tough going too, although my LO came out of it able to sleep a 6 hr stretch which was great ....... except it only lasted a month! lol!

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Post by indigosky2k on Tue Jun 15, 2010 5:16 am

Awww bless Rhianna.

I've found keeping myself hydrated very important for keeping my supply up. I was probably still drinking 3 ltrs of water a day at that point. And yes oats and fennel tea. I used to have 2 or 3 cups of fennel tea a day and porridge every morning. Oh and I'm sure I read somewhere about milk too. I used full fat milk for me until Kacie was 6 months, though I've no idea where I read it scratch

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