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
Enduring a Cluster Feeding Evening again?
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
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.
Breastfeed on demand and avoid sticking to a feeding schedule, as this can make your baby even more fussy and miserable.
Newborn cluster feeding is a temporary thing and learning to work around it and accept it, will help you enjoy your breastfeeding experience more.
Infant cluster feeding can work to the advantage of mothers who are returning to work, as babies who cluster feed, usually sleep longer at night. A mother can use this time to relax and bond with her baby.