Dude, where's my happy baby gone? AKA: the six week growth spurt.
Oh we are in it!! My dotey baba has disappeared and been replaced by a rage-filled, arms and legs a-flailin' boob monster. I had totally forgotten about this growth spurt from number one, though I’m pretty sure it was occurring at the time I filled a sink with water and plunged my face deep into it to scream into the void. Yikes. I’m managing to be a bit more sane about it this time around but man alive is it hard!
For the uninitiated the six week growth spurt is a biggie, if you’re breastfeeding you’ll probably start to wonder if you’re making enough milk, you’ll be sore, exhausted and fed up, and baby will be turbo fussy, including on the breast, going through nappies like mad, puking precious milk up after whopper feeding sessions, needing to switch nurse a lot and heaven forbid you put him down for even a moment. There will be tears, from both of you. You will absolutely question why you are breastfeeding! And the people around you might question it too. We are in the thick of it right now but getting through it by yielding to it, i just have to accept it, I’m letting baby nurse as much as he needs to (and have foregone too much soother or the daily bottle of expressed milk because I know he’s trying to up my supply and needs to be at the breast lots), and, even though Big T doesn’t particularly like it, having my husband take him for half an hour here and there so I can eat or shower without a human (well, given his form, let’s say semi-human - possibly more honey badger than human tbh) attached to me at all times. I also find the sling very helpful and have been told bathing together with the baby can be settling too, so I’m going to try that tonight. Also when they're feeding this much it's important to stay well hydrated especially in the middle of a heatwave too! So I'm lashing into the water.
Writing about these tough moments really helps me have clarity, which is a very useful way of making it through them without losing the plot. Thanks for listening; and hopefully this is or will help someone else too when they’re wondering, at the six week mark, where their lovely baby went to. Don’t fret, he’ll be back soon, he’s just growing. Xx