How many times have you heard yourself or someone says,”It must be a growth spurt; my baby is nursing all of the time.”
; Honey, the baby’s hungry again.”
She could not be; I just fed her 30 minutes ago.”
“I really think she is hungry. She is sucking on her hands.”
“However, I couldn’t possibly have something left to feed her. My breasts are completely empty!”
Well, muster up for the cluster because most infants do it, particularly in the first few months and at growth spurts. Precisely what’s cluster feeding? Frequent feeding: every 15-60 minutes for 3-6 hours in a row. It sometimes feels like a continuous loop, so let us get you prepared before it takes you by surprise.
1. Understand your baby-Babies Will Need to Eat Often.
Want to take a guess at how fast babies grow? What’s your best guess? Can you say that by the time she is four months old she will double her birth weight? Holy Moley, that’s a great deal of weight to gain. I would not mind trying this: caramel sundaes, onion rings, peach pancakes with whipped cream and real maple syrup. Oh, yum, but just in my fantasies. But for the little baby? It is true, so just imagine how frequently she has to eat to make that occur.
Breastmilk, breastmilk, creamy, sweet breastmilk 8, 9, 10, 14 times every day.
2. Learn to nurse lying down- The breastfeeding mother’s dream.
I frequently tell women that they won’t fall in love with breastfeeding until they know to nurse lying down. I know that lying does not work for everybody, but what a way to sleep while small Emma feeds. My advice? Practice, practice, practice throughout the afternoon from the very start. Ensure that you have a firm, flat surface to lie on. Read Dr. James McKenna’s guidelines for safe co-sleeping before you begin this.
3. Early to Bed-Plenty of sleep makes a mother healthy, wealthy and wise.
Babies often cluster feed in the evening between 4:00 and midnight. Eat an early dinner and sit for an early bedtime and a longer break. New mothers need 12 hours of sleep per night for the first 6-7 weeks. Why?
Sleep deprivation, oxytocin, and cholecystokinin: three strikes and you’re out, asleep that is. So sleep as much as possible while your baby eats, especially when cluster feeding and night feeding.
4. Understand milk production-You’re making milk while your baby’s drinking.
All those fabulous milk-producing cells are making milk all the time, even when little Tommy is ingesting. By the time he finishes eating, your breasts, that were filling back up, are prepared for him to eat , if he wanted to. The volume will be , but if the volume of milk at the breast is small, the lotion material is high. Think sweetened condensed milk.
5. Understand bunch feedings-The more baby drinks, the more milk you make.
It is all about demand and supply. Cluster feedings are a big boost to your milk production.
Baby beverages; breasts produce.
Baby beverages more; breasts create more.
Baby drinks frequently; breasts make milk faster.