Hi, my Lo is 13wks and I've noticed for the past 3 days she does not want to feed so often. She used to feed every 1-2 hrs , now it's 2-3 hrs which I offer before she will take. She also does not completely drain the breast and only drinks from one side, not interested in any more. She sleeps for 5-6 hrs at night and seems happy. If I try to offer more she will just push me away. Is this normal? I thought babies go through a growth spurt at this stage. Worried if she is getting enough? Sometimes I think she also sleeps through a feed rather than wake up. Would appreciate your opinions
As your baby grows, they begin to stretch out the time between feeds. It's a combination of being able to hold more in their tummies and being more efficient when they feed so they're getting more milk out at a time. What your little one is doing now sounds perfect to me
If you hit a growth spurt you'll know about it, lil one will feed like a newborn again, constantly wanting a feed even though you've only just fed!! Trust your little one and you won't go wrong
Not all babies go through every growth spurt, my LO stretched his '6 week' growth spurt out until 10 weeks but didn't have a 3 and 4 month growth spurt, it was nearly 6 months before he went through any more growth spurts and didn't go through any sleep regression until 7 months. Xx
It does become more concentrated fat and protein wise, there are studies going on at the moment looking at this (and the fact live cells in the milk increase per oz as a baby gets older), the main evidence at the moment for this though is based on the fact that BF babies who are fed expressed milk tend to need similar quantities from birth until weaning onto solids whereas a FF baby may need to as much as quadruple their daily intake during this time period xx
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