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    Default Cluster / frequent feeding with newborn question

    Hi all,
    I have a question about the 'feed every 2-3 hour rule'. I understand that you should feed your newborn every 2-3 hours and count from the moment you started breastfeeding rather than the end (eg, if you start at 10am, feed again at 12).
    Just wondering how this applies to cluster feeding. My 2 week old is feeding for several hours at a time (usually feeds for 20-30 minutes, gets burped, falls asleep in my arms, wakes up 15 minutes later for more). This can go for up to 4 hours. It is particularly bad in the early to late afternoon (2pm - 530pm today). When he finally goes to sleep, do I still need to start feeding him again shortly after. I am not 100% certain how much milk he is getting, but having to wake him again for another feed 15 mins after he has gone to sleep is frustrating!

    Any advice would be appreciated.

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    Hi there! I don't know what the 'rules' are but personally I never woke my bub to feed him. I figured he would let me know when he was hungry and some nights he slept 7 hours straight without a feed. He was always at the 80th percentile for weight so he must not have gone hungry Also I think their sleep is so vital for growth and development that I never wake him even now at 1. To each their own though so whatever works for you

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    i never followed that rule. If your baby is full term and healthy, they will usually let you know when they want to feed. Cluster feeding is often followed by a longer sleep, and the first part of the evening is often when you get the longest sleep.

    As you have described, i would not wake the baby. Let him sleep and if you can, get some sleep yourself.

    It is only if baby is spending long time asleep regularly that i would wake for feeds.

    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfi...-my-baby-feeds

    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfi...ng-enough-milk

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    I would just apply that rule loosely. It's really to make sure that bubs doesn't go too long without a feed.

    I would feed on demand (and do!). So if the cluster feed finishes and you put bubs down to sleep and they're still asleep 3-4 hours later, I would prob pick them up and see if they are interested in another feed. (Mainly to ensure your supply and possibly relieve any discomfort- once bub is a few months old and supply is well established I would widen the gap if bubs hasn't already done so)

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    Firstly you're doing a great job!!! Well done for realising bubby needs cluster feeding. I never woke my baby for a feed but I know some people do & need to. So I can't say for sure if you should. I'm no expert but the best thing I ever did was ring the ladies on the ABA hotline. 1800-686-268. They're very knowledgeable & it's free. Good luck :-)

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    The frequent feeds will increase your supply. Feed to demand is the easiest way to go. Wake baby when you feel uncomfortable. totally normal for a 2 week old. It will all adjust and make sense really soon just go with bubs and how your boobs are feeling, for now enjoy

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    Hi Honky, my 5 week old has been following this pattern too. He was being monitored in the early days after a stay in the neonatal unit so I had regular access to paed and MCHN to ask about his feeding. They said to wake him only if it got to 4 hours between feeds. Though once he started gaining weight we could go to demand feeding so now I never have to wake him (he wakes 2-4 hourly overnight now).

    Good luck x.

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    Congratulations on your new bub!

    Cluster feeding like this is totally normal and you are both doing it right. I wouldn't wake bub for a feed unless your breasts are killing you or if you need to be somewhere & want to feed before you leave. Otherwise let him sleep! He'll wake when he's hungry.

    Feed to demand rather than a schedule. You are doing great!

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    Hello and congrats on your baby!!
    The ABA recommendation is to feed babies on demand. The feed every 2-3 hours or on a clock based routine is not recommended anymore. Unfortunately some babies don't read the textbook and like to feed a lot longer!! My DD fed for hours at a time. An average feed took 4 hours, the longest I fed was 9 hours although I'm sure there were nights when she was attached the entire night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpybump View Post
    Congratulations on your new bub!

    Cluster feeding like this is totally normal and you are both doing it right. I wouldn't wake bub for a feed unless your breasts are killing you or if you need to be somewhere & want to feed before you leave. Otherwise let him sleep! He'll wake when he's hungry.

    Feed to demand rather than a schedule. You are doing great!
    The advice to not wake bub is only if he is putting on weight & thriving by the way! If you are having feeding or weight gain issues then it is best to wake for a feed every 4 hours.


 

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