What is cluster feeding or bunch feeding?
Cluster feedings are apparent when a baby has periods when he/she constantly breastfeeds for about three hours or thereabouts.
Sometimes a baby might fall asleep on the breast, refusing to let go and wanting to nurse more when waking. These babies are usually cranky and fussy and extremely demanding.
Cluster nursing usually happens in the evenings, but can occur any time during the day or in the middle of the night.
Cluster breastfeeding is actually very common in newborn babies. Cluster feeding at night can become very tedious; Mom and Baby will usually end up sleeping in the same bed.
During the day, the baby might only breastfeed a few times and sleep between feedings. In the evenings, he/she might try to catch up on lost feedings with a period of continuous feeding.
NB: Cluster sessions do not indicate a low milk supply!
Supplementing your baby with formula will cause your body to produce less milk. By allowing the extra feedings, you ensure that your body is producing just the right amount of milk for your little one.
It depends on the baby, but usually it only lasts the first month and then returns during growth spurts i.e. month 3, 6 etc.
Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with cluster feeding newborns:
- Reverse cycling ~ Baby breastfeeds more at night than during the day
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