Re: Growth spurt questions
Spit up is par for the course with young babies, even when they eat an average amount, more so when they really fill up their tiny tummies. It happens because the muscle sphincters which keep stomach contents down in the stomach are, like all of a baby's other muscles, still relatively weak. They'll strengthen in time. Until then, treat this as a laundry issue, not a feeding issue.
Evening fussiness at this age is also par for the course. Often moms feel like it must be a supply problem, but it's really, really imprtant to realize that not everything your baby does is somehow your fault- and this is especially true when it comes to fussy evenings! Do you want to be using that daily bottle of pumped milk? Sometimes it can help a fussy baby to settle- with my first, the bottle got us through those moments when she seemed too tired to eat and too hungry to sleep. But there are plenty of other soothing techniques that can get you through a fussathon, including:
- Calm house. Lights, TV, and stereo down or preferably off
- White noise
- Motion- put baby in a swing, bounce on an exercise ball, stroller ride
- Closeness- wear baby on a sling or snuggle close to bare skin
- Wam bath- this worked like a charm with my girls!
- Trip outside into the fresh air
Coping with evening fussiness is more about changing the baby's sensory input than anything else. That's why bottles work- it's a new sensation.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"