Breastfeeding Feeding Frenzy!

Cluster Breastfeeding Feeding Tips

Is your baby having a feeding frenzy again? ;-)

On this page we have collected a few informative articles and comments, sourced from our website to help those mothers, with babies who “frenzy feed" or otherwise called “cluster feed". 

Kangaroo mother care is recommended. 


What is Cluster Feeding? 

Cluster feeding is apparent when a baby breastfeeds constantly, usually for about three to four hours at once. Some babies may even fall asleep at the breast and may refuse to stop breastfeeding. 

Read our main page on cluster feeding tips


Comfort Nursing

Breastfeeding provides comfort and relaxation to a baby, especially when the baby is ill or in pain. Breastfeeding can also be used to calm and reassure a baby. Non-nutritive sucking is more important than what most would like to believe, it only becomes a problem, when te mother starts to feel overwhelmed by it. 

Read more on the benefits of comfort nursing here


Do you Think you Need a Breastfeeding Routine?

Are you confused about how often you need to feed your baby, whether or not you should wake your baby for feedings, or if you should put him/her on a feeding schedule? A strict schedule is not needed. 

Read more on feeding patterns and breastfeeding schedules.


Can you Overfeed your Baby, by allowing Cluster Feeding?

No, you cannot overfeed your breastfed baby, your baby will nurse when he needs comfort and nurse when he is hungry…both of these needs should be met.

Read more on “can I overfeed my breastfed baby?"


Fussiness in Baby

A baby that cluster feeds, may often show signs of fussiness whilst breastfeeding, there are a number of things that can cause this fussiness…

Read more here


Featured Comment on Cluster Feeding

MamaYoga

by Jen 

(Canada)

This is the first place I've ever read/heard the term "clusterfeeding". 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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