Phew! We just made it past Hannah’s second growth spurt! According to baby books and experts, an infant experiences growth spurts at certain periods during the first year of life and the approximate times are:
- 7-10 days
- 3 weeks
- 6 weeks
- 3 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
During these growth spurts, the baby’s appetite will increase, and a typical sign of a growth spurt is something called cluster feedings, i.e. when baby nurses several times close together, sometimes even in an hour or two! Hannah’s first growth spurt went by almost unnoticed, because she was still settling into her feeding and sleep pattern then, but just as I thought it was getting easier, she hit her second growth spurt about a week ago, and the LONG nights began.
In addition to waking up several times in the middle of the night, I had to remind myself to burp her properly after every feed and prop her body up at an angle after that. You see, Hannah has a slight case of Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER), and would sometimes throw up a little bit of milk. The first time she did that, I panicked, not because I didn’t know babies did that, but because it never happened to Ethan; that boy kept everything down! I remembered I just had to feed him, and burp or no burp, he would be okay after that. Maybe girls are more high maintenance…hehehe…
In any case, breastfeeding definitely helps an infant with GER, and I hope she’ll feel much better soon.
Oh, and she prefers to be burped over the shoulder! Doesn’t like the sitting and burping position…
Well anyway, I am glad we are nearing the end of this growth spurt…for one thing, it has certainly made our girl look more *bulat* by the day! She is fast growing out of her 0-3months clothes too!