Ann Boyd is our hero!

On my last post, Ann Boyd commented, “Lucy went through a growth spurt around two weeks old that totally freaked me out, she was hungry *constantly*.”

This got me thinking…”Is Eli having a growth spurt?”

I nursed him at every demand this morning and early afternoon including a bottle this morning when we had to go to the doctor’s appt. That demand was coming about every half hour and from an asleep Eli. I finally gave him a bottle around 2 pm and he gulped down around 2 oz. That was on top of him constantly nursing. Then I woke him from his nap around 5:30 – knowing he would be too hungry if I let him sleep any longer. We nursed from then on until 8 pm. We had to drip cold water from a washcloth on him in order to keep him awake and sucking. It seemed mean but I knew he was hungry and needed to get his nursing in. He finally was subdued and no longer crying of hunger…but those fists kept finding their way into his mouth. I was so perplexed. My milk supply is ample as I’ve been pumping at least 8 times in 24 hrs. and I’ve been able to freeze a lot of it and keep up with Eli’s supply.

So, Ann’s comment came back to my mind again. I pulled out my “What to Expect the First Year” book and looked up Growth spurt in the index. Sure enough, it reads on page 99, “[Growth spurts] occur most commonly in three weeks, six weeks, and three months…”

Well, there you have it. Eli is in his 3rd week and there’s no other explanation that I can think of. After reading this, I had no shame giving Eli a bottle that he quickly guzzled down – all 4 oz.! He had to have taken in at least 6 oz. in 4 hrs! It’s highly possible that it was even more.

Man, what a week to start learning to breastfeed! Wish I’d known about growth spurts earlier…would have saved us a lot of frustration these last 48 hrs. Thanks Ann for posting such a helpful comment! We wipe our brow in relief. :)


  1. bora said,

    May 11, 2007 at 1:31 am

    Kelli, Nathan, and Eli:

    I’m sad that I haven’t been able to see Eli in person yet, but he’s beautiful in pictures! And he is one BIG boy! Hope I get to see him soon!

  2. Ann Boyd said,

    May 11, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    You guys are so funny! I’m so glad that you’ve had success figuring out why Eli was a little fussy. Those growth spurts can be really nuts. I distinctly remember one evening where I nursed Lucy for about three hours straight, watching _Saturday Night Fever_ with Jon. (Admittedly, a strange movie for the whole family, but Lucy wasn’t really watching. :)

    Happy nursing!

  3. Kendy said,

    May 13, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Happy 1st Mother’s Day!!!!!

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