These first few weeks will establish your milk supply. Life will get easier, but for now, life may be a little unpredictable. You need to follow your baby's lead.
Don't let anyone scare you into thinking that you are not producing enough milk. Many moms may hear comments like " Should she be eating again?" "Do you think she's getting enough?" This is enough to make any mother worry. Try to surround yourself with women who have successfully breastfed their babies. La Leche meetings are an excellent place to find this type of support.
Putting your baby to the breast when he/she cries will not spoil them!! Your baby may be fussy and crying a lot, and you might be feeling frustrated because you have tried bouncing him, burping him, a diaper change, but he continues to cry.
There is no "right" or "normal" time to wait between feedings. If your baby stops crying when you breastfeed him, then that is what he wants. If your baby doesn't want to nurse, he will let you know. But, he may respond with relief, as if he's saying "finally! Why did you take so long?" All babies are physiologically made for constant contact and feeding. Keeping your baby on a feeding schedule is not the way nature intended it to be.
Are you 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 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.
Most of the time, it's normal development. A new-born baby is not fully skilled at nursing yet, he/she has a small mouth, small tummy and a digestive system that is still developing. This is why your baby might need more time at the breast. On top of this, your breasts are still adapting to the amount of milk required, and the constant nursing will ensure a good supply of breast milk.
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.
Breastfeeding in the laid back breastfeeding position can improve milk transfer because it allows your baby to position him/herself at the breast. Most mothers find this position much more comfortable too.