Growth Spurts in Infants and Newborns – Symptoms and Feeding

Babies have a lot of growth spurts. You will notice them when, after being on the same feeding schedule for two months, suddenly your baby cannot get enough to eat. If you are breastfeeding you may feel as if your baby wants to nurse 24/7. Bottle fed babies suck down the formula is if there was no tomorrow. Relax, this is normal!

Growth Spurts In Infants – When Does It Occur?

Babies can really have growth spurts at any time. They get about three times bigger than they were as a newborn by the time they hit their first birthday. The first one generally happens sometime the first month. Then again at about 6-8 weeks of age. The next three usually will happen at 3, 6 and 9 months.

What Happens During a Growth Spurt?

Baby can grow a lot in a growth spurt. Have you ever looked at a baby in your family and thought “just last week they were so small?” If so, you witnessed a growth spurt. Babies can literally grow out of their clothes overnight.

How Long Does a Growth Spurt Last?

A growth spurt tends to last just a few days each time. Although babies tend to have 5 growth spurts in the first year it is possible they can have more.

Growth Spurt Symptoms – How Will You Know Baby is Having a Growth Spurt?

There are several cues you will get to know that your baby is having a growth spurt. Your baby will want to eat all the time. If you are breastfeeding the baby will want to nurse a lot and it is a good idea to let your baby nurse as much as possible as, it will increase your milk production. Older babies will fill up more on jarred food and probably start reaching for your food!

Your Baby Will Be Awake More

Your baby will wake up more in the middle of the night because they will be hungry. They may nap less as well because they will want to eat more. Baby may get cranky because you are not getting his or her meals fast enough.

Growth Spurts and Breastfeeding

When you are breastfeeding, the growth spurts will affect you almost as much as your baby. Your baby may get cranky because your milk is not coming in fast enough for her. It is important that you take care of yourself. Drink lots of water since your baby will literally be sucking the liquids right out of you! Breastfeeding may get harder but keep at it. The growth spurt will be over before you know it.

Growth Spurts and Bottle Feeding

If your baby seems hungry after she has finished her bottle and normally does not, then there is a good chance she is on a growth spurt. It is okay to make a new bottle. Your baby needs her nourishment during a growth spurt and you will go back to the normal feeding schedule soon.

Enjoy your baby at each step of his or her development. You never know when a growth spurt will come along and take them to the next step.