First few weeks

First Few weeks


Once you have got going with breastfeeding you should find it that it's convenient, free and a great bonding experience with your baby.

If you have concerns, look at When To Ask For Help . 

Growth spurts

 
Babies have growth spurts roughly at between:
 
  • Between 1 and 3 weeks
  • Between 6 and 8 weeks
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
These only last a few days but baby may seem very hungry during a growth spurt, feeding more often and sleeping less. 

This can be very tiring for you but try not to worry about whether your baby is getting enough milk, the more your baby feeds, the more milk your body will supply, so follow your baby's lead and feed them whenever they want.  They should settle back to normal after a few days. 

If you are worried, ask your health visitor or GP or a Little Angels peer support worker.
 

Cluster feeding


Some babies will cluster feed at certain times of day – usually evening or at night.  This means that baby will be wanting to feed almost constantly for up to 3 hours.  Don’t’ be discouraged - this doesn’t mean that baby isn’t getting enough milk.  It’s thought that there are a number of possible reasons why some babies cluster feed:
 
  • Milk flow may not be as fast in the evening
  • Night time is the best time to stimulate extra milk supply
  • Baby may be ‘stocking up’ for the night
  • Some babies need the comfort of sucking, particularly in the evening
  • Babies will feed more when they are having a growth spurt
 
If you need to talk to someone about your baby’s feeding, you can ring the Little Angels helpline 01924 851901 24 hours a day. 
 

Colic

 
A sign of colic is excessive crying in a baby who is otherwise healthy and well fed.

The crying associated with colic is usually very intense. Your baby's face will be red and flushed, their crying will be severe and furious, and there may be little or nothing that you can do to comfort them.

You may also notice a distinctive change in your baby’s posture. Your baby may clench their fists, draw up their knees, or arch their back.

Crying most often occurs in the late afternoon or evening and usually lasts for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, and for at least three weeks at a time.

For more information and advice on how to manage colic, please see: www.nhs.uk/conditions/colic



 
 

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