Why is my baby feeding so often these days?
Why is he so fussy?
Am I doing something wrong?
Do I have enough milk?
Before to think that your milk supply let you down and your baby is constantly feeding because you have not enough milk, consider this option!
Is my baby having a cluster feeding?
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Cluster feeding is when your baby has several feedings close together during a certain period of time – often in the late afternoon or evening.
Close together means feeding could be every hour for short sessions each time.
Cluster feeding is a smart way for your baby to boost your milk supply during growth spurts.
Milk production works by demand and supply, the more your baby takes the more your body will produce. There's nothing wrong with your milk or supply, baby's instincts know that feeding very often will produce more milk!
Cluster feeding sessions are most common around the second week of life, then again at 3 weeks, at 6 weeks, 3 months , 4 months, 6 months and 9 months. But it could happen any time!
Remember! your baby’s behavior is completely normal.
So even though you are feeding your little one every couple of hours most of the day, cluster feeding is characterized by your baby nursing for short periods, coming off your breast, nursing a little more, fussing, nursing more, hiccupping, and so on and so forth.
Cluster feeding can really feel difficult or confusing for the mother, absolutely exhausting and make her doubt about her capacity to produce milk.
But each time this is a completely normal phase lasting for a few days (in most of the cases).
Cluster feeds help babies get through growth spurts by maintaining adequate milk supply. If nothing else seems wrong and they’re content when feeding (even if it’s for a short time) and they still have regular wet and dirty diapers, it’s likely to be cluster feeding .
Some other reasons why your baby could breastfeed very often include:
Your Baby is overtired.
Your Baby is overstimulated.
Your Baby is not feeling well.
Is anyone experiencing this?
Any tips for those days?