Maybe you are a new mama, maybe you are about to be a new mama, or maybe you are a 'been there done that' mama. Either way, this info about cluster feedings will help you out!
What are cluster feedings?
First, they typically occur when your baby is going through a growth spurt. Second, they simultaneously also occur within the first couple of weeks once your mature milk comes in to help build your supply and to help your baby grow.
The definition of a cluster feed is when your baby feeds multiple times within a few hours. It may seem like they are SUPER hungry or that they are not getting enough milk. Often times, women take this as a sign that they are not producing enough milk, when in reality they are!
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This could happen at many stages of their life and most frequently occur at a few distinct times during your baby's first year. Typically, cluster feedings occur around the first couple of weeks to establish supply, then at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 9 months. Every baby is different and should not be held strictly to this timeline. However, it is important that you are aware of this cluster feeding 'norm'! Many moms hit that 6-week mark and feel like a failure because it seems like they aren't producing anything or their baby is never satisfied, but that couldn't be further from the truth!
A growth spurt typically lasts about 2-3 days. Other signs of a growth spurt are that they may be fussier than normal and wake up more frequently. You will most likely feel overwhelmed when this occurs, but fortunately for you, you are already one step ahead!
If your baby shows signs of a growth spurt make sure you follow a few steps:
Make sure to stay hydrated and nourished, while this may not affect your milk supply directly, it certainly will affect YOUR energy levels and stamina which is just as important.
Try to take some time for yourself, you will most likely be sitting in a spot for quite a bit of time, so make yourself comfortable and try to and do some things you enjoy, catch up on some TV, and just bond with your baby!
Relax! Unfortunately, there is little more you can do during this time. And as stir crazy as you may feel, just know that you will get everything else done with time, but you won't have these moments with your baby forever.
Thanks for reading and as always...
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Until next time!
Coaches Cassie and Mikayla
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