How long do growth spurts last?

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Nell4Him's picture
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How long do growth spurts last?

We are going on 2-3 weeks of Evie acting like I'm empty about 7 minutes into a feed.

Last night was the worst. We practically just kept switching sides from 2am-7am. It got to a point where I wasn't letting down at all and she just kept doing the suck, fuss, suck, scream pattern until she finally would take the binky and sleep for about 15-20 minutes before we'd start all over again. Sad

I have an appointment with the LC tomorrow afternoon to figure out if my supply has tanked or not.

If this IS a growth spurt, it's a REALLY LONG one. Sad

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I don't know the answer but I feel your pain. Sad I remember quite a few nights of what you are describing. I've never been any good at identifying a pattern that I could contribute to growth spurt. :confused: I have also had supply issues with starting AF (I've been cycling since he was around 4 to 5 months old) and it is so hard when they aren't getting satisfied and you want to avoid supplementing. I hope you are able to get some answers from your LC visit. Please KUP.

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Well, for me, cluster feeding usually doesn't entail a fussy baby DURING the feed, just between them. So I'm led to believe it's a supply issue and not a growth spurt. But, she has on and off greenish poop indicating that she's getting too much foremilk and that DOESN'T make sense for a supply issue. :confused:

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DD2's growth spurts last 2 full days. Normally she nurses 6-7 times a day at 40 minutes a session. During growth spurts she has 12+ sessions at 40-60 minutes.

Have you noticed any supply change since you started depo?

I do have friends that had to start supplementing at 3-4 months because their supply couldn't keep up.

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"Danifo" wrote:

Have you noticed any supply change since you started depo?

I did not have any change when I was on the mini-pill (started in day she was born so it's not like I'd actually notice) and I got the depo shot 1 week ago, but the "issues" have been going on for a few weeks, so I wouldn't think I could blame it on the Depo.

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So the LC said that she is of healthy weight and she's not surprised that she still only makes it about 2 hours in between feeds (yes, around the clock) cause I have such a forceful let down that she HAS to stop eating around 10 minutes.

She thinks that her random but frequent fussiness at the breast is quite possibly a supply dip and she thinks it's related to the fact that I've been increasing my exercise and not necessarily increasing my fluid intake. She reminded me that even though I may not be thirsty or have a dry mouth that I still need to drink extra water to prevent from a dip in my supply due to exercise. I don't know why I didn't connect the exercise deal. She also said that the Depo probably isn't the initial cause since this all started before I got it, but that it's probably not helping the situation, either.

Since I don't have time in between feeds to pump at all, she simply suggested more water and adding oatmeal to my breakfasts since that's helped me in the past.

Yesterday while I was there, we weighed her (a little over 11lbs) and then fed her and weighed her again to find that she took 2 oz in 10 minutes and then she acted like I was getting empty, but when I used compression she just let it slip out the corner of her mouth, so we ended the session and she was a happy gooing little girl. Smile

Knowing that she's in the weight range where the LC would expect for her makes me happy. And also knowing that she's getting 2 oz in 10 minutes off one side is okay. But it also shows me that my supply IS down a little. Not by much, but it is. 7 weeks ago she took 3.5oz off one side in 15 minutes. But the LC was happy with the 2oz off one side in 10.

So that's, that. Smile

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Sounds like you got a lot of good information. I hope the extra water and oatmeal does the trick. Keep up the good work mama! Smile