Your baby probably slept more than he did eat in the first few weeks, but as he grows bigger he'll need more nutrients and calories, meaning he will start to feed a lot more than normal.
Cluster feeding can be a pretty exhausting time, as you might feel like you're doing nothing but feeding. But don't worry, here's everything you need to know about cluster feeding and how to manage it!
What is cluster feeding?
Cluster feeding is when your baby feeds more, often every 20 minutes, and often more frequently in-between his normal feeding times. As your baby grows, he'll need more nutrients, so cluster feeding is his way of getting those nutrients and calories as his appetite increases.
It's important to remember that when your baby starts to cluster feed, that there is nothing wrong with your milk supply and your baby isn't getting enough milk on his first feed. His instincts know that the more often he feeds, the more milk will be produced.
If you find you're struggling with feeding, remember to consult your GP or Health Visitor.
How do I know my baby is cluster feeding?
You'll start to recognise your baby's cry for when he's hungry, and he might cry more frequently when he's cluster feeding.
When your baby starts to sleep more during the night, be prepared for more feeding during the day, too. Your baby will feed more to make up for missed feeds during the night.
How to deal with cluster feeding
Cluster feeding is completely normal and it's important to remember to just relax and follow your baby's lead.
Other ways you can help deal with cluster feeding are:
- If you're breastfeeding, try expressing inbetween feeds to keep up your milk supply.
- Drink plenty of water and eat well.
- Let your family and partner support you when they can.