Does your angelic newborn turn into a fussy baby late in the afternoon? Here’s why it happens, and what you can do to save your sanity.
Just Another Part of Growth
Experts propose more than one reason to this curious phenomenon. One popular theory is that we have slower milk flow in the afternoon. Prolactin, the hormone that allows us to make milk, often takes a dip in the afternoon. Although prolactin doesn’t drop too low that we end up starving our babies, the slightly lower supply makes the milk flow a bit slower. When the baby sucks and he notices that he isn’t getting as much as he’s used to, he fusses. A counter-argument to this theory, however, is that formula-fed babies also get fussy, and it’s not like formula levels could fluctuate or something.
5-S for Soothing a Fussy Baby
Having a mental checklist keeps me from panicking when my baby starts to get grumpy.
Other Tricks for Baby’s Fussy Nights