Posted in Breastfeeding, Newborns

Whats the deal with cluster feeding? I have a 16day old baby who last night wanted to breastfeed every 20-30mins for 2-10mins at a time. This went on from 8pm- midnight. She would feed then pull away and fall asleep on me. I would put her down and shortly after she would get fussy and have signs she wanted to eat (opening mouth, rooting). This is cluster feeding, right? Forgive me if it seems obvious, Im a first time mom and just want to make sure this is normal! She usually feeds every 3 hours like clockwork, with the occasional feed on demand in between. I would be so grateful for any insight you experienced moms have about cluster feeding! 🙌🏻

  • Anna
    Oct 01, 2017

    Yeah, that seems like cluster feeding, and is pretty common early on. Or it could be a growth spurt.

  • Berenice
    Oct 01, 2017

    Same thing happens to my son and he's 2 months .

  • Anonymous
    Oct 01, 2017

    Yep, totally cluster feeding. Weirdly, I loved cluster feeding. It was an excuse for me to occupy the entire couch and dominate the remote! I laid a waterproof crib pad down on the couch and nursed side-lying while binge-watching shows that I had been saving up. Every 20 minutes or so I would switch sides (so my head was at the other end of the couch), drink some water, and get back down to business. :D

  • Nikola
    Oct 01, 2017

    Yes, and there is a growth spurt around 2 weeks. However, my son used to show hunger signs when he needed to be burped. He was routing, but had trouble latching on. Make sure to burp frequently (sometimes they have to burp more than once), especially before putting baby back down since it tends to bother them more when they are flat on their backs.

  • Cristin
    Oct 01, 2017

    Yep, cluster feeding was exhausting. Mine started cluster feeding about that time and it was off and on for at least another month. Mine was also a sleepy eater, so she almost never got her fill anyway. I spent a lot of time binge watching tv while nursing around the clock. But around 8 weeks it got easier, and now she's 3 months and sleeping through the night. I also switched to pumping primarily at about 10 weeks so she could get her fill in the evenings and she was less likely to fall asleep with the bottle. Hang in there!

  • Teddy
    Oct 01, 2017

    Haha, "what's the deal?" Heh. It is what it is. There will be many long nights and long days. :) Good job making it through the first.

  • Keke
    Oct 01, 2017

    Growth spurts!! I went through this a few times with my baby. 3 weeks old, 6 weeks old and 3 months old. It was not a fun ride , especially when she ate too much and everything came out again. Hang in there, it will pass 🤗

  • Anonymous
    Oct 02, 2017

    I can always tell when my baby is getting ready to sleep for a stretch at night because she will cluster feed every 20 minutes for1-2 hours and then sleep for 3-4 hours. It's exhausting but I'm thankful for the break after!

  • Anonymous
    Oct 02, 2017

    For a few weeks/ whenever she went through a growth spurt my daughter would eat every 20 mins from 5 pm until 11 or so and would finally go to sleep. I would usually just take my shirt and bra off at five and hang with my girls out and kept her close so I wasn’t unhooking/ hooking my bra, etc. It builds your supply and sometimes fills up their tank so to speak before sleeping for their first long stretch of the night. Cherish it while you can. Now she’s five months old and will eat for maybe ten minutes at a time every 3/4 hours and then she’s ready to play. I miss those long nursing sessions!

  • Rena
    Oct 02, 2017

    I also think sometimes they need something else (diaper change, help falling/staying asleep, etc.) but nursing is the only way they know to comfort themselves so that's what they do. Keep up what you're doing, and maybe try those other things each time the baby fusses to see if you can soothe in other ways first.