How to Help Your Breastfed Bub Through A Growth Spurt - Peachymama

How to Help Your Breastfed Bub Through A Growth Spurt

September 16, 2016

How to Help Your Breastfed Bub Through A Growth Spurt

While the science is still out ongrowth spurts, you only have to ask a parent and they’ll tell you they’re a very real and potentially tiring time for mothers and babies. Growth spurts are another way to describe the fussy and clingy stages that all babies go through at different times.

When your baby is in one of these developmental phases, their desire for breastmilk grows substantially. You may find your child attached to the breast for what seems like an eternity, but it’s important to know that these arenormal and healthy periods for a growing baby.

What is a growth spurt?

Whether it’s physical or developmental growth, our babies seem to require more of our love and attention when going through one of these phases. Generally lasting for 2-3 days, a growth spurt occurs a few times during the first 12 months of their lives and then less frequently as they get older.

The most noticeable time for a growth spurt will come during the first few days at home with your baby, and then again at a week, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, then 3, 4, 6, and 9 months. Obviously, there’s no set schedule for when they occur, but these are common times which mothers report a change.

Signs your baby is going through a growth spurt

Knowing when your baby is going through a growth spurt can make the process a lot easier for both you and bub, so here are a few things to look out for that may indicate one is arriving or already here.

  • Frequent desire to nurse, even if they have just finished a feed
  • Showing signs of crankiness, clinginess, and general irritability
  • Waking often more at night to feed

How you can help your baby during these stages

If you suspect your baby is going through a growth spurt, pay extra attention for these few days. Whenever they want a feed, offer it to them, and be sure to dish out lots of extra cuddles for their cranky stages too.

At this point, most mothers worry that there’s something wrong with their milk supply and fret that they’re not giving their baby enough milk. Our bodies are amazing things, though, and will simply adapt to accommodate what our babies need.

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Size Guide

The sizing & fit of Peachymama nursing clothes are specially designed for you and your ‘after baby’ body so that if you were say, an AU/UK ’S’ (8-10) before, you’ll most likely be the same now in Peachymama sizing. 

In the video, Taryn wears size 12/14 (Medium)

Find out for yourself

Wrap the measuring tape around the fullest part of your bust, waist and hips. When measuring your bust we recommend you wear your nursing bra. 

    TOPS & DRESSES

    PEACHYMAMA SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16
    US SIZE XXS XS S M
    US SIZE 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
    CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN
    BUST 89-94 35-37 94-99 37-39 99-104 39-41 104-109 41-43
    WAIST 66-72 26-28 72-76 28-30 76-81 30-32 81-86 32-34
    HIPS 91-97 36-38 97-102 38-40 102-107 40-42 107-112 42-44

     

    PANTS & JEANS

    PEACHYMAMA SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE XS S M L
    AU/UK SIZE 8-10 10-12 12-14 14-16
    US SIZE XXS XS S M
    US SIZE 6-8 8-10 10-12 12-14
    CM IN CM IN CM IN CM IN
    WAIST 66-72 26-28 72-76 28-30 76-81 30-32 81-86 32-34
    HIPS 91-97 36-38 97-102 38-40 102-107 40-42 107-112 42-44
    FRONT RISE 28 11 29 11 1/2 30 11 3/4 31 12
    INSIDE LEG 76 30 77 30 1/3 78 30 2/3 79 31

    * 'Inside Leg' is the measurement that indicates the pant's length.
    ** The 'Front Rise' is the measurement from your crotch to your belly button.