eating LESS during growth spurt?

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eating LESS during growth spurt?

Postby Remonah » Fri May 13, 2011 5:27 pm

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Posted: Sat May 14, 2011 10:24 am

my baby has been showing signs of a growth spurt for the past few days..His sleeping has literally all of a sudden gone from a pretty structured sleep schedule to very erratic napping, waking from naps early, and seemingly restless sleep...He usually has no problem falling asleep for naps and sleeping 8-9hrs. through the night..He's also been noticeably more fussy..He's still very smiley and happy during all of this, but he usually doesn't fuss at all! But the weird part is that he's gone from eating 5-6 ounces or 25 mins on each side every 2.5hrs to eating 3-4 ounces or 10-15 mins each side every 3-3.5 hrs..He's always eaten exactly 2.5 hrs, and now he hardly seems that interested in eating, and def. not eating that much less often...? I thought babies only cluster fed during growth spurts? Could this still be due to a growth spurt?
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Postby monkeysauce » Sat May 14, 2011 9:38 am

I'm not a baby expert (cite: fussy baby sitting beside me), but two things come to mind.

One is that around 6-8 weeks of age, babies begin to "wake up" and be more alert to the world around them. This can destroy their previously good sleep patterns. Or, so say a couple of the sleep books I have, anyway.

The second is that as babies get older they become more efficient nursers. Your son may be getting just as much milk, or more, by nursing for shorter periods less often.
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