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    Default cluster feeding? evening feeding frenzy from 7pm-11pm!!! advice please....

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    as the title suggests my 5 wk DD feeds NON STOP from about 7pm-11pm....initially i thought this was growth spurt but its ongoing....i end up having to swap her constantly from one side to the other for HOURS....its really not possible for me to keep this up as DH is going back to work next week and i have a DS who needs some bedtime etc attention, i also find this exhausting and frustrating as im liertally chained to the chair all night....i end up giving DD small (2 X 30ml) amounts of formula during these periods just to get 10 minutes break to eat etc....whats going on here? is this normal? how long will it last? i really dont have time to express much (and never get much out after a feed as bub always tends to have both bbs) ....coupld i just have a low supply at this time? im wary of givng her too much formula as i dont want to diminish my supply? also her poo's are always green......she feeds well for 5-10 minutes then slacks off...too much lactose? sometimes she writhes around when BF....??? any tips or advice about this......??? thanks

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    Very normal to cluster feed at that time. I used to express during the day and give DD a bottle of EBM at night which kept her quiet for a while and wouldn't take much to feed her off to sleep after that. I'm afraid you're going to have to figure out a night time routine where you can attend to both children (or have one distracted whilst you feed/bed time the other). Maybe have your eldest bathed and ready for bed before 7pm or even bring their bedtime earlier?

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    Yup, my DD claster fed from about 6-10 pm. I didnt mind so much cos she was my first bub and it meant she'd sleep for about 8 hours over night (from about 8 weeks).
    Unfortunately she dint give it up til she was weaned (about 7 months). I know this isnt the answer your looking for but you really are just gona have to come up with a plan. I found when i had DS for feed and DD was a toddler reading to DD while i fed was a great way to give them some attention. She'd sit next to me while i fed.
    It is tough though, ill give you that but in the long run its going to be great cause bub is getting really full with these cluster feeds so (hopefully) she'll be sleeping through early!
    Does she have a dummy?? I found giving DD a dummy would give me 15 mins to shower etc.
    Good luck

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    she is a bit iffy with a dummy....often she wont take it at that time and gets quite cranky whereas other times she will take it for a little while.

    i will give the sling a go...

    i was hoping that she is practicsing to sleep thru by doing this....she sleeps quite good most nights ie feeds every 4 hr / 4.5 hrs so i can get 3 hr sleep blocks which i think is pretty good for 5 wk old.

    i wish i could express more....i just dont have the time most days.,some days DS is in daycare so maybe at least those days i have a chance to get some EBM.

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    really normal. DD cluster fed 4-8pm till 4mths old. I'm expecting bub #2 next month and can envisage the same thing happening. I have a sling that I can feed in and I have tweaked DD's bed routine so that I can feed new bub whilst looking after her too.

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    DD was like this too but I remember on night at about 8 weeks I suddenly became aware of the fact that I was getting dinner cooked and a few things done. She still fed hourly for many more months but it was just not for as long each time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzys Mummy View Post
    really normal. DD cluster fed 4-8pm till 4mths old. I'm expecting bub #2 next month and can envisage the same thing happening. I have a sling that I can feed in and I have tweaked DD's bed routine so that I can feed new bub whilst looking after her too.
    Like i said im my pp my DD cluster fed so i just figured my 2nd would too. Nope, he didnt want a bar or it. he fed and slept...he was sleeping through (7-7) from 10 weeks old and from day TWO he feed every 2 hours and woke only ONCE during the night
    Just though id give you some pleasant news

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    Quote Originally Posted by jennibear View Post
    Like i said im my pp my DD cluster fed so i just figured my 2nd would too. Nope, he didnt want a bar or it. he fed and slept...he was sleeping through (7-7) from 10 weeks old and from day TWO he feed every 2 hours and woke only ONCE during the night
    Just though id give you some pleasant news
    I have HOPE!

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    Very normal. My DD stopped at around 12 weeks. It drove me crazy at the time. Must be so tough with two. Can you put bub in a sling to feed while you do the bedtime routine with your DS

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    do u mean feed her when she is in a sling??? she is not the best latcher in the world (im having her assessed for tongue tie next week) she VERY easliy comes off (eg when i try to put my arm under her body to support her she comes off) and clamps the nipple as well when she has been feeding a while as her sucking gets very slack and shallow to the point she is simply nibbling and using me as a dummy...and i have to either cup hold my bbs or put a towel under them to get decent attachment.

    glad to hear tho that this is normal......

    dont think i can get DS to bed earlier....he will wake at 5am if i do .

    ive tee'd up my mum to stay with me the week/s DH is on arvo's so at least someone can entertain DS and or hold dd while i put DS to bed...

    i can live with it for a while.....it wont last forever from the sounds of it, but i appreciate ppl telling me it drove them nuts at times too.....i actually had a clapped out neck for 3 weeks cos i was sitting and feeding so much.....weve come a long way from severaly damaged nipples and tears, to EBM to sheild to just plain BF in 5 weeks


 

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