Baby Cluster Feeding

by Jen - MamaYoga
(Canada)

This is the first place I've ever read/heard the term "cluster feeding". My first daughter did this quite a bit, and every attempt I made to stop it failed miserably so I finally just gave in and made the best of it.


Everyone, including my midwife and lactation consultant said I should try to break the habit she was forming. But I let her go on cluster feeding and co-sleeping and clinging to me constantly.

When she was just over 2.5 years old, she quit breastfeeding and co-sleeping and potty trained all in the same week. Shortly after that I took her to daycare for the first time and she ran off happily, not caring whether I stayed or not.

Some kids are just born a little insecure and I firmly believe that if you just let them know that you'll be there as long or as much as they need you, they will relax and grow out of the behavior much sooner. It's nice to finally read something that says following my instincts was the best thing to do.

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cluster baby

by stephanie
(colorado)

actually pretty helpful. My daughter is a week old. Sometimes she will nurse for about an hour and be done and pass right out.. other times she will nurse for hours on end and right when i think she may be done.. she wants more.

She usually likes to wake up and nurse till she falls back asleep. Every now and then she will be done and just stay awake and relax for a few before she will either pass out or nurse again till she is passed out.

I usually let her nurse on one side until i notice she is slowing down, burp her for a good minute or two at least, then switch sides. She is usually on each side for about 15-30 minutes before i need to switch her.

and she usually never cries unless she is hungry or every now and then when she wants to be held

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