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My Quinn is 3 weeks old today and has done NOTHING but eat from 8am this morning through now (and she's still hungry!) I've heard there is a big growth spurt at 3 weeks...is there any way I can tell for sure that this is what it is and that I'm not underproducing? It's shaking my confidence to have her hungry so often.
She's having plenty of wet and poopy diapers, so that's a good sign, I think.
sounds like normal infant behavior If she is having enough wet and poopy diapers, there is nothing to worry about. It will feel like she is nursing round the clock for the first 4-8 weeks, but it will get easier! Just get comfy with a book, magazine, wireless internet, remote control, water, etc.
Sounds normal to me as well! I wouldn't worry about your supply as long as she is having plenty of wet/poopy diapers. Violet wanted to nurse for about 7 hours straight the other day (right around 3 weeks old) and then the next day did the same. Now she's back to every 2-3 hours during the day and a bit longer spaced out at night.
It does sound like a growth spurt. Even experienced breastfeeders start to second-guess themselves during a growth spurt. With my second DD I had those moments that I questioned my supply because of cluster feeding or a growth spurt. In a few days (at most) it should be over and that should help, just hang in there until then mama!
Andrea, mom to Abigail (8) Annabelle (5) and Alexis (2)
My DD also had a growth spurt at around 3 weeks and 6 weeks. Hers only lasted about 2 days, but it was very frustrating because it seemed like she constantly needed to eat. Hang in there, it will get better.