It is normal or do I have low milk supply?
I certainly can understand your concern. Some days it feels like my baby is breastfeeding all the time. We’ll have a good breastfeeding session on both sides, I’ll burp her, and put her in the bouncy seat or swing and five minutes later she’s crying for more breastfeeding! I feel like telling her, “Seriously? We just finished that!” Times like these are challenging and can make any mother wonder if she’s making enough milk.
If your baby wants to baby is breastfeeding all the time, it may be because he is going through a growth spurt. Most babies hit growth spurts around 7-10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 9 months. These growth spurts last anywhere from a couple of days to eight days and it feels like baby can’t get filled up. Babies don’t read or follow calendars so your baby’s growth spurts might happen earlier or later, but the important thing to remember is that they will happen.
Have you ever experienced a hungry day? A day when you had a decent breakfast but were hungry well before lunch. So you have a snack, then another snack, then lunch and in just a little while you were hungry again? In the book, The Hunger Games the author describes this as a “hollow day.” Those days, it seems like, no matter how much food you have you’ll be hungry all day long. I imagine that is what growth spurts feel like for babies.
So if your baby wants to be breastfeeding all the time, particularly if it’s around one of those typical growth spurt times I mentioned above, it probably does not mean you have a milk supply problem. Just try to breastfeed through it and your baby’s nursing patterns should return to normal in a about week or less. The exception to the rule is that if your baby wants to breastfeed all the time and your baby is not gaining weight like he should then you may have a low milk supply issue.