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Do I have too little milk?

Sometime between your baby’s first and third week of life, he will unexpectedly want to nurse more often. This often occurs at the same time your breasts naturally soften and feel less full. This does not mean you don’t have enough milk. It means your baby is having his first growth spurt.

When your baby goes through a growth spurt, he will eat almost constantly for one to three days or, sometimes, for up to a week. Your body will naturally respond to the frequent nursing by making more milk. Avoid giving bottles. You will make more milk if you nurse more often.

Growth spurts usually occur around these times:

  • 1 to 3 weeks of age
  • 6 weeks of age
  • 3 months of age
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