Breastfeeding A to Z

Second Week of Life

Most babies will go through a growth spurt when they are 10-14 days old–of course no one told your baby about this.  Your baby may choose to do some extra growing on a different day, but you may notice they are fussier, more irritable, sleep less and want to feed more or for longer periods of time during this time.  Remember this will last 24-48 hours and then get better.  Just hang in there—this pattern of eating will pass!

Your baby will tend to grow in spurts–not a set amount each day. At around 10-14 days of age, most babies will have a 24-48 hour period that they seem especially hungry. There is nothing wrong with your milk supply, but the only way the baby has of telling your body to make more milk is to nurse more! This may be more often or for longer periods of time. After 1 or 2 days, things will slow down again.

Breastfeeding more oftenyour baby may do what’s called cluster feeding.  They may start to breastfeed every 1 to 1 1/2 hours for several feedings in a row and then go a longer stretch without eating.  Often these feedings come in the early evening hours–when you often have more demands on your time.  This may be a pattern they develop and eventually that longer stretch without eating, will be a longer stretch of sleep.  For other baby’s it is just the pattern that they have at a certain time of day.  If this is part of their growth spurt, it will last 1-2 days (24-48 hours) and then slow down again.  If you don’t think this is what is going on remember your mother radar does work.  If something your baby does makes you “wonder”—check it out with your healthcare provider.

During a growth spurt, your baby may want to breastfeed for longer periods of time. Your baby may nurse both sides, and then he or she will want to start over again. Remember, this is normal; it will pass in 1-2 days.

Also, remember no one told your baby they were supposed to do this at the 10-14 day mark–they may have a growth spurt on a different day–this is normal too.

During this period of time, if you are having trouble deciding if your baby is still hungry, you can try other methods of comfort. Rocking, swinging, car ride, whatever you do to comfort your baby. If nothing is working, it is fine to try feeding them again to see if that helps.

Often during these couple of days, the baby is very fussy and irritable. You may feel that way too! Hang in there. Ask for help. Having someone to help you calm a fussy baby, do laundry, be able to have someone watch your baby while you nap, help with cooking, cleaning or some other task will make this growth spurt time easier. Don’t hesitate to ask for what you need, remember in a couple of days it will be over, but while you are going through it, it helps to be helped!