Supporting Breastfeeding

La Leche League Canada

Frequency Days and Growth Spurts

on November 23, 2015

 

Just as you are getting used to how often your baby wants to breastfeed, he may suddenly want to nurse more often over a period of several days.  In general, these frequent breastfeeding times that last several days are to be expected when your baby is about 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months old but they may happen at any time.

These frequency days are designed to build up mother’s milk supply to meet baby’s increased appetite.  Follow baby’s lead by letting her breastfeed as often and as long as she wants.

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Breasts work on the law of “take and make”.  The more baby suckles and induces milk letdowns, the more hormonal signals there are to “tell” mother’s brain and breasts to make milk and the more milk she will produce.  Frequent feedings over several days will help bring up the milk supply quickly.  By allowing your growing baby to nurse as often as he needs for a few days, your body will receive the message that more milk is required.  Once your supply has increased, your baby will usually return to his previous feeding routine.

You can find more information about breastfeeding patterns on La Leche League Canada’s Frequently Asked Questions.  Or you may want to talk things over with a Leader.

http://www.lllc.ca/thursday-tip-breastfeeding-and-frequency-daysgrowth-spurts

 

 

If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to an accredited La Leche League Leader.  In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking http://www.lllc.ca/find-group or Internationally http://www.llli.org/

 

If you have found this article helpful, La Leche League Canada would appreciate your support in the form of a donation at http://www.lllc.ca/join-lllc-friends so we can continue to help others breastfeed. Thank you!

 

 

 

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