I wondered, is it possible for me to pump to gear up for my little guy's next growth spurt, to minimize the "pain" of it? Here's my situation:
My guy is 11.5 weeks and I'm looking ahead to his next growth spurt. The last one was at 8 weeks and it was a doozy! He was eating every hour, when I was lucky. Really, he just wanted to be latched on all the time, though there was some relief at night.
Prior to that spurt he was eating about every 1.5 hours during the day and every 3 hours at night. After the spurt it was slow going getting back up to that long between night feedings, but now we're at a great place - he's eating about every 2.5 or 3 hours during the day and has gone as long as 5.5 hours at night (yay!).
So, I'm hoping we don't regress too much with his impending next growth spurt. I've been pumping after 2 or 3 feedings a day since his last spurt, usually just an ounce or so each time, to create a stockpile of some milk for my freezer and thinking that may help keep my supply at spurt levels. If I'm currently producing more than he needs in a given day, will my body be better prepared for his growth spurt? If so, how will that affect his behavior/needs during his next spurt, as far as feeding is concerned?
Lastly, a secondary question: As I understand it, a growth spurt at this age is just a temporary increase in how much he needs to consume (since babies eat the same quantity from 1 to 6 months when not spurting), so my body doesn't really need to keep up with his growth spurt needs after the spurt is over. Is that correct? Just curious...this seems to be overlooked everywhere I read things about being careful not to supplement during spurts and such.