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#1 of 4 Old 02-26-2007, 03:43 PM - Thread Starter
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For DD's 10-day, 3-week, and 6-week "growth spurts", I never really did notice the classic sign of more feeding. I didn't notice any change in her behavior at all, nor any sudden growth.

She has been regularly sleeping through the night since 3 weeks old, and now sleeps from around 9:30 pm to 7:30 am. (I did not encourage her to STTN... she does this on her own.) She also takes several mini-naps of an hour or less, as well as a single 3-ish hour nap during the late afternoon.

Last night she went to bed about an hour later than usual b/c DH and I were out, and I had to wake her up this morning to feed her at 8:15. She stayed awake for maybe an hour or so, and fell asleep for 2 hours. I had to wake her up again and she barely ate. I set her down on the floor in here w/ me while she was awake, but she fell asleep again within 5 minutes and is still sleeping an hour later. I haven't had to wake her up to eat since she was a slightly jaundiced newborn and was pretty much sleepy all the time.

Did any of you have DCs that slept a lot when they were going through a growth spurt? Other than the sleeping, she doesn't have any other changes in her activities.

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Hmm...I'm trying to think about that link here and not coming up with much. But I know my babies have had the occasional sleepy day, and I had no idea why. Stands to reason it could have something to do with growth spurts. I often attribute my toddlers' sleepy weeks with growing...

She might not feed more often but perhaps she's feeding longer, too. I haven't ever really noticed growth quickly per se - I think babies just do things to increase your milk supply as they require more, and it tends to be on a predictable pattern of however many weeks. My ds's did those frequent feeds right on those days they tell you they will. I've never noticed it at all with dd - and she's a big sleeper too (8 pm til 3 or 4 am right now, then right back to sleep til 7).
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Yep, DS sleeps way more during a growth spurt. Around 3 months it was the most pronounced.

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Yup, we sleep more through growth spurts too, and I don't necessarily notice a huge amount of growth, though. She tends to really eat a lot for a few days, gets my supply all ramped up, and then SLEEPS for a week and isn't interested much in eating, so I leak all over myself She'll also sleep a lot on Mondays after the weekend, or if we go out for most of a day she'll sleep a ton the next day.
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