Baby feeding frenzy
A Guide to Baby Growth Spurts – Lansinoh-uk
Growth spurts in babies refer to your newborn’s sudden growth – there is nothing to worry about as this is a very normal process that every baby goes through. This blogpost will help you understand what a growth spurt is, the signs of a baby growth spurt, and how to manage it.
What Is a Growth Spurt?
A growth spurt refers to short intense bursts of growth that a baby goes through in their first 12 months. This results in the baby doubling and tripling their weight and growing 10 inches taller.
During this period, your newborn will feed more, be fussier, and may have a change in sleeping routine. They are a baby’s way of increasing your milk supply to fulfil their evolving needs. When you recognise a growth spurt, let your baby feed as often as they want. By giving unrestricted access, you may find baby’s demand increases your milk supply and settles back to their normal feeding patterns.
When Do Babies Have Growth Spurts?
Baby growth spurts can happen anytime during their first year. The typical growth spurt ages however are:
- 2 – 3 week growth spurt
- 6 – 8 week growth spurt
- 3 month growth spurt
- 6 month growth spurt
- 9 month growth spurt
Your baby’s growth spurt may happen slightly earlier or later depending on when they were born (premature, on time, or later than the due date).
Growth Spurt Symptoms
Change in Feeding Routine
As your baby goes through a growth spurt, their feeding pattern will tend to be disturbed as they’ll need to be nursed more frequently. Mothers can sometimes refer to it as a ‘feeding frenzy as babies tend to feed continually for almost 24-48 hours.
As each baby is different, some may feed for longer and/or more often – also known as cluster feeding. This is because they are changing the constitution of your breastmilk to meet their future needs and your body will adjust to this new demand in feeding by producing more milk, so your baby won’t be getting less milk than they need.
You will however need to make sure you are taking in enough calories and drinking plenty of fluids. Think about keeping some snacking foods handy and a bottle of water close to you while feeding. If you can’t constantly breastfeed your baby, we recommend expressing and storing your breastmilk for when needed.
Change in Sleeping Routine
Your baby’s sleeping pattern may change. They may sleep more or considerably less, or it may feel that way if your baby has had a calm, settled period just before starting a growth spurt. Sleep regression in babies during a growth spurt can therefore be expected.
Fussiness and Clinginess
At the start when your milk production is getting up to speed, your baby will throw some tantrums when latching or unlatching as they’ll want more milk. A disturbed sleeping pattern will also affect your baby’s mood resulting in them requiring extra cuddles and attention.
Excessive weight gain overnight is also another obvious sign of your newborn’s growth spurt. Some mothers may get worried when they see such a sudden gain, but it’s nothing to worry about as it’s just part of their growth spurt.
How Long Do Growth Spurts Last?
Typically, growth spurts last a few days. However, every baby is different, and therefore some babies may experience a growth spurt that is a little longer or shorter than the usual length. However, if you think it’s lasting longer or shorter than you expected – please visit your doctor.
How to Manage Growth Spurts
A growth spurt and the feeding frenzy that goes with it is without a doubt very exhausting for mum, but it is worth considering just throwing yourself into it and letting the baby feed totally unrestricted. This does not mean that there is anything wrong with your milk or your supply, rather it is the way baby communicates with your body to increase the amount they need in this growth phase. So, a few simple things you can do to help them through their spurt are:
- Feed them when they’re hungry – if their normal feeding pattern is after three hours but that has not changed into a shorter period, go ahead and feed their them for as long as they want.
- While their sleeping routine changes, they may not get enough sleep – so try to keep sleeping routinesas similar as possible, give them a massage or a warm bath.
- Take extra care of yourself – you’ll only be able to take care and feed your baby if you are healthy. So, keep hydrated and have a healthy balanced diet so your baby gets all the nutrition they need.
Get Help From Friends and Family
Getting help from friends and family at this time so you can concentrate on feeding your baby and resting, having a wash maybe even having time to get dressed but asking for help with meals, other children, and housework will take some pressure off you.
Find Comfortable Breastfeeding Positions
Think about using lying-down positions when feeding – putting in place all the safety factors for you and your baby. If you are happy with someone coming into your bedroom and putting baby into their Moses basket/cot after you have finished feeding, then you can continue to relax and have a nap as well.
Extra feeding will of course take its toll on your body too so make sure you’re eating healthily as well as soothing sore nipples with our HPA Lanolin Nipple Cream.
Growth Spurt Benefits
Growth spurts also help your baby to learn new things. If not already doing so you may find your baby is able to roll over. Try and encourage them to roll both ways. You can do this by holding their favourite toy just out of reach, so they have to roll toward you.
Some babies – and don’t we all wish we had this baby – sail through growth spurts and the only way you know it has happened is as they weigh more, or clothes are suddenly very snug fitting.
Growth spurts are a reality and a big factor in your baby growing and thriving despite the demands that go with them. Take care, know this will pass, and don’t hesitate to get some help from family and friends to make this time easier for you and to take some of the pressure off you.
We hope our blog has helped you understand baby growth spurts. Shop our breast pumps and storage products for an easier feeding experience and don’t forget to check out our blog for information related to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Breast-Feeding Frenzy: Six Things Every Mom Needs to Know
The challenges of breast-feeding can surprise even moms who’ve been to this party before. But with the right approach, you’ll find that coping with most feeding concerns is much easier than sterilizing bottles!
These six tips will help you overcome common obstacles faced by nursing moms.
1. Get attached to latching
Women frequently experience nipple tenderness in the early weeks of breast-feeding. If nursing goes beyond just discomfort, though, there could be a problem, such as thrush, poor latch or a physiological issue. Working with a lactation consultant or other breast-feeding support service will help ensure that baby gets enough milk and mom doesn’t suffer nipple trauma.
“If there is any discomfort beyond 30–60 seconds, it is not right,” says Jennifer Enich, a lactation consultant at Seattle Children’s Hospital. “If the nipple hurts or looks damaged or misshapen after nursing, likely something is not right. There is usually a solution to pain that is way better than forgoing all the beauty that can come with nursing our babies.”
Bottom line: If it hurts, get some help!
2. Nip biting in the bud
Many mothers assume that once a baby has teeth, the nursing relationship is over. In reality, a baby cannot bite while breast-feeding because her tongue gets in the way of her teeth. Sometimes babies bite before or after nursing, but usually these episodes are fleeting.
Betty Fitzsimmons, a leader at La Leche League of Tacoma, who breast-fed her 11 children, offers this great tip: “Keep your little finger ready to go into the corner of the baby’s mouth to stop the bite when you feel it coming on. Biting does not have to be the end of a good nursing relationship. ”
3. Respect the laws of supply and demand
It’s common to worry that your baby isn’t getting enough milk. Fret not: “Primary insufficiency is exceptionally rare,” says Barbara Orcutt, R.N., M.N., a lactation consultant at Beyond Birth Seattle. “Delayed lactation is more common.” This delay may be caused by separation of baby and mother, poor assistance for first feeds, interruption of the mother while she is trying to feed, introduction of formula or pumping exclusively instead of nursing at the breast.
Because breast-feeding is a supply-and-demand system, the more you nurse, the more milk you make. “Newborns’ bellies are so tiny and breast milk is so easily digested, they need to feed at least 8 to 16 times every 24 hours,” says lactation consultant Emily Healy of Seattle Breastfeeding Medicine. “The first step to getting milk supply back on track is skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby.” This contact stimulates the hormones that help produce milk.
In rare cases when the milk supply is truly insufficient, the cause may be related to physical concerns, such as poor latch or hormone imbalances. In more extreme cases, prescription medications can help induce lactation.
Sometimes the opposite is true and milk comes in abundantly, leading to uncomfortable engorgement. Pumping can help, but again: Remember the rules of supply and demand. If you pump too often, you will make more than your baby needs, which can exacerbate engorgement.
So go gentle on the pump and soothe the pressure by alternating cold packs and warm showers. You can also try whole chilled cabbage leaves in your bra. Yes, you’ll smell a little like salad, but it really works.
4. Keep the milk flowing
To avoid plugged milk ducts, feed your baby often enough to empty the breasts regularly. If a plugged duct does happen, turn to massage, warm packs and changing your nursing position to remove milk from all areas of the breast.
Plugged ducts may also lead to mastitis, an infection in the breast. Mastitis is more common in mothers who are stressed. Breast-feeding is a lot of work for the body, and moms deserve good nutrition and some extra rest (ah, that elusive prize) when they’re doing it.
“A day in bed with baby is a perfect prescription for mastitis,” says Raissa Larson, also a leader at La Leche League of Tacoma. A doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatories or antibiotics as well.
5. Get by with a little help from your friends — and a few professionals
Research tells us that social support encourages breast-feeding success. There are cases in which breast-feeding simply doesn’t work out, but that’s very rare.
North Seattle mom Melanie Burch remembers struggling through thrush and mastitis with all three of her children. “What kept me going was the resolve that I was just going to do it,” she says, and she also had incredible support from her family and community. Breast-feeding trouble may be as much an emotional issue as a physiological one, and nursing mothers need ample encouragement to move past it.
“It’s important to remember that it’s a process,” says Enich, who nursed her own three children and has supported countless families, and sometimes it takes time for everything to fall into place. “Each time a woman breast-feeds, both the mother and the baby have to learn how to breast-feed together,” Enich says. “It’s a unique situation each time.”
6. Don’t sweat the mixed messages
Perhaps most surprising to new mothers is the onslaught of breast-feeding advice; figuring out what to heed and what to ignore is part science, part art. Being on the receiving end of wildly different and even conflicting guidance is a common experience for nursing moms. All you need to do is keep trying new approaches until you find one that works, and don’t forget to tap into your maternal instincts — you know yourself and your baby better than anyone else does.
Tera Schreiber experienced a handful of common obstacles while nursing her children, and she is grateful for the amazing community of lactation support in the Puget Sound area.
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Every 1,000 nulliparous women are admitted to a psychiatric hospital within the first three months after giving birth with a diagnosis of depression or even schizophrenia. At the same time, mental disorders in one way or another are observed in young mothers 4 times more often than in all other women. In addition, the probability of developing a mental illness in young mothers during the first 10-19 days is 7 times higher than in women whose children were already one year old at the time of the study.
As scientists from the University of Aarhus found out after 32 years of observation of 2.3 million Danes, men psychologically endure the birth of a child easier. For a thousand births, there are 0.37 cases when newly-made dads began to suffer from mental disorders. Moreover, this indicator is the same for fathers who already have relatively adult children, and for ex-childless men.
According to study author Trine Munch-Olsen, the findings indicate that postpartum mental health disorders are related to changes in the mother's physiological processes during pregnancy, and not to the psychosocial aspects of motherhood.
Female hormones - estrogens and testerones, which during pregnancy were produced in large quantities by the ovary and placenta, after the birth of the child begin to decrease, gradually returning to the level that preceded pregnancy. To this must be added the physical loads associated with new responsibilities. Chronic lack of sleep, breastfeeding - all this negatively affects the body of women, especially those who give birth for the first time.
However, some scientists believe that postpartum depression is treatable. “There is an effective treatment for such cases,” says Katherine Wisner of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, for example.
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Breast after feeding - to do or not? | Chita.ru
Almost every mother considers breastfeeding to be a very important, necessary, simply necessary element of motherhood. On the other hand, it becomes a pity for some to look at the breast after a year or even two years of feeding a baby. Does one of the feminine virtues lose its shape? What to do if changes do occur? What do plastic surgeons offer and what do breastfeeding specialists say? Let's try to answer these questions.
“After the first birth, about 60% of patients' breasts undergo changes, after the second and subsequent ones - in 90%,” says plastic surgeon Artyom Vakhovsky.
One of these patients was Yulia the Chitinka. Mom breastfed three times: the first child up to 2 years and 7 months, the second - up to one and a half years, the third - up to three months. Yulia wanted to do breast plastic surgery even after feeding her first child. The breasts were large and after the end of breastfeeding, they hung a lot, the woman recalls: “There was no volume. The chest hung just like skin, one might say.
But Yulia did not dare to have plastic surgery. The girl wanted to give birth to more children, and after the operation and subsequent births, there was a possibility of repeated surgical intervention.
“I had the operation recently, 3 months ago. A lift was performed, the installation of implants (the size remained the same, they just added breast volume) and a reduction in the halo. The surgery went well and I was home the next day. There were unpleasant sensations, but to be honest, I expected more pain and discomfort. The doctor said that a full recovery takes from 6 months to a year, but I can say that after three months I feel great.
Of course, the shape of the breast is still being formed, Yulia says, but she assures that nothing hurts her. For a month after the operation, the woman wore a special compression bra and took it off only before taking a shower. For about 2.5 months, Yulia wore special bandages resembling a band-aid. A regular bra, by the way, must be worn for another 5 months, after which you can do without it. Also, the first six months is not recommended to play sports.
The plastic surgeon assured Yulia that the operation would not affect her lactation. However, Elena Suloeva, a specialist at the School for Preparation for Breastfeeding of the Trans-Baikal Regional Perinatal Center, still recommends that women not rush to place implants: “For women who are planning a pregnancy, I still recommend placing implants, if desired, after carrying a baby and completing lactation. After all, breastfeeding is the best thing that nature has come up with for feeding infants.”
The breast of a woman is one of the most beautiful parts of the body, it is she who attracts the eyes of most men. But the main purpose of the breast is to feed the baby, says the senior midwife:
“The physiology of lactation consists of three stages: milk production, its accumulation and excretion. This is a complex neuroendocrine reflex. Most often, the size of the mammary gland does not affect lactation. The production and accumulation of milk occurs in the glandular tissue of the mammary gland, and there are also milk ducts in it, through which milk is delivered to the baby.
The amount of glandular tissue affects the capacity of the mammary gland, but does not affect its performance. An exception would be a sharp decrease in glandular tissue. This condition is called glandular hypoplasia. It is this disease that can cause a woman to put an implant. In this case, there may be problems with breastfeeding, but the cause will not be breast augmentation surgery, but an insufficient amount of glandular tissue.
However, a woman may need the help of a lactation consultant if she does not have problems with the amount of glandular tissue, but has implants.
The specialist warns: “There may be difficulties with the release of milk, especially on the 3-5th day after childbirth, when there is a rush of milk and swelling of the mammary gland due to the accumulation of fluid in the vascular tissue of the mammary gland. The mother may have difficulty attaching the baby to the breast.”
Unfortunately, science has not yet invented a conservative method for restoring the mammary glands after all the “mother's” affairs. The shape of the breast largely depends on the initial size, which was before pregnancy and lactation, says plastic surgeon Artyom Vakhovsky:
“If the glands were small before pregnancy, their appearance after lactation may return to their previous state. If the glands were large before lactation, then, most likely, after lactation, the skin cover of the mammary gland will no longer be able to shrink to its previous size.