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Feeding frequently and cluster feeding

Some mums find that their babies want to feed almost around the clock. As exhausting as that might be, there are things you can try to make sure you get some rest, like lying down to feed your baby so you are comfy and in a relaxed position.

What are the symptoms?

Frequent feeding and cluster feeding (having lots of feeds close together at certain times of the day) can happen at any time, but it's more common in the early weeks and months. All healthy breastfed newborns feed frequently after day 2-3, at least 8-12 times in a 24 hour period, and both younger and older babies may 'cluster feed.'

What are the causes?

  • Your newborn may feed a lot because their tummy is tiny and breast milk is easier to digest than formula.
  • Your baby may be preparing for longer stretches of sleep or catching up on feeding if they haven't eaten as much during the day.
  • Being overtired, teething, or some other discomfort could be making them fussy.
  • They could be having a growth spurt and cluster feeding to increase the amount of milk you make. With each and every feed your baby is telling your body how much milk they need.
  • Babies often cluster feed for comfort, to feel close to you and loved.
  • You may feel like you're feeding constantly, but building up your supply and making a loving bond with your baby are both very important.

What's the solution?

It's always recommended you offer your breast when your baby shows signs of wanting to feed. Babies frequently feed or cluster feed because they're hungry or looking to be soothed by mum. Our advice is to get comfy on the sofa in a laid back position so you can have your hands free, put a film on, and forget about any chores. This stage is exhausting, but we promise it doesn't last forever!

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Last updated: 6 Jan, 2020