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  1. #1
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    Default Changes in breastfeeding at 4 weeks

    My son is 4 weeks today and has not been eating like he normally does. He on average eats every 1.5-2 hours for a total of 20-30 minutes. He'll go for a 3 hour stretch at night sleeping.

    He definitely went through what seems as the 3 week growth spurt last week as there were times when we were nursing much more frequently than our average. Today he seems much different though. He had a 4.5 hour stretch of sleeping which surprised me (I must have been sleeping soundly as well because I would of woke him up at the most 4 hours). When he woke he had a lot of spit-up that was very thick. He does not really spit-up that often. Since we've been up he just doesn't seem as interested in eating. He'll latch for a couple of minutes and then just go back to sleep. When he latches it is not as strong as normal either.

    Am I overreacting or is this just maybe a transition?

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: Changes in breastfeeding at 4 weeks

    Growing is hard work It could be a transition after a growth spurt. All of my babies have changed things up about the time I got used to it

    It's also possible he has a little bug, and I'd keep an eye on him for any worsening or fever or changes in stool. And I'd keep offering.
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    Default Re: Changes in breastfeeding at 4 weeks

    What she said. Just want to add on an explanation for the thick spit-up: spit-up consistency varies based on how long the milk has been in baby's tummy. If a baby spits up right after nursing, the spit-up looks like milk, thin and watery. If it happens a couple of hours after nursing, the spit-up looks thick and more cheesy or curdy.
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    Default Re: Changes in breastfeeding at 4 weeks

    Thank you, ladies! Things picked up today, so I feel much better...I was worried about him having some sort of bug. The stomach virus is going around where we live like crazy (we all, minus baby, had it last weekend). Thanks for your input!

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