When did your baby start cluster feeding?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Perfectly normal. Your LO is building your supply. Mine cluster fed in week 1, 3, and now is doing it again in week 7. Grab a comfy spot on the couch and a big bottle of water. You’ll live there for a few days.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Breastfeeding is supply and demand. As @CanAmBride said, she is building your supply. A lot of women turn to formula at this time because they think they’re not making enough milk, hence all the feeding, but it’s normal. Bubs know what they’re doing and you just need to trust them and your body.

It’s exhausting, but it passes. Though as @CanAmBride said, it’s common for it to start up again a few weeks and months down the track. It doesn’t mean you have lost your supply (again, a lot of women switch to formula because they think it means they aren’t making enough milk), actually it’s just baby wanting to help your body to make a bit more for their growth-spurts. Babies are so clever!

Good luck! Sounds like you’re doing an amazing job Smile

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

They also have a growth spurt around 7 days, so that could be it! My daughter ate from like when she was born until when she was 3 weeks old, pretty much constantly! She is still a big eater, but she usually only cluster feeds when she’s going through something like a growth spurt or teething pain! 

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  From La Leche League’s website   http://www.lli.org

The term “growth spurt” (also called frequency days) describes times when babies seem to nurse non-stop for a couple of days. It is believed that this is how the baby tells the mother’s body to increase milk production. Babies usually have several “growth spurts” in the first 6 months.  They often occur at 10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months. But they can occur any time.  After about 48-72 hours of frequent nursing, a baby will return to a more regular routine of nursing, rest and playtime.

 

This a great resource for breast feeding moms. We use it all the time at the NurseLine where I work.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

i hate to be ignorant, but i’m super interested in this since i really want to breastfeed when LO arrives… what is cluster feeding??

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mixtaperomance:  cluster feeding is when a baby wants to breastfeed very frequently, for example basically non-stop or with very short breaks for several hours.  Versus babies otherwise would have a 20-40 min feeding every 3 hours (on average).

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@mixtaperomance:  also from www. lli.org

Some mothers are concerned when their baby wants to breastfeed more often than every two hours. “During the early months, many babies do what is called ‘cluster feeding;’ spacing feedings closer together at certain times of the day (typically during the evening) and going longer between feedings at other times” (BAB, p. 36). This variability in frequency is normal. Moreover, many breastfeeding problems — including those attributed to “too much milk” or “not enough milk” — are resolved with more frequent nursing.

They have a great search function.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Cory_loves_this_girl:  I just wanted to chime in and say you are not alone! My LO is 5 months now, but in those first few weeks I remember feeding her ALL the time. It was tiring and so painful. For me, things got better around the 2-week mark (in terms of the pain). The constant feeding is normal at this stage — basically, if my baby wasn’t sleeping, she was eating. Hang in there.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Evie clusterfed from 11pm til 4am for 4 days in a row starting at 5 days. It was insane. During her 2 week growth spurt it was from 5 pm – 8 pm. Much more doable. Hang in there! 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Also, her cluster feeding was constant. She would fall asleep for maybe 15 minutes on my breast, but then scream if I took her off. I’d put her back on, she’d eat for 30 mins, fall asleep, and repeat.

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