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Cluster feeding through the night Lock Rss

My daughter is 11 days old and was born at 36 weeks. After day 3 in hospital they discovered that she had lost more than 10% body weight. Then the jaundice set in. Her bili ruben levels are still high but on there way down.
The midwives think i am producing enough breast milk now. However, she has been clusterfeeding for 5-6 hours at night. The midwife i saw yesterday said this was normal however i am nervous that she isnt getting enough and thats why she wont settle at night. I dont know anyone whos baby feeds for this many hours a day. Im absolutely exhausted and i dont think anyone understands that i am up ALL night with her as most newborns sleep at least a couple of hours at a time.
Have you experienced this? What do you suggest? Im lookig for advice and moral support to get through this! Hopefully she settles soon.

Willa&Poppy'sMumma wrote:
My 2 month old daughter does this. She was born at 34+1. She cluster fed from about 10 days. She still often does it. It's completely normal. My older daughter who is now 2.5 did it too and she was born at 41+6.


You'll know she is getting enough if she has 6-8 or more dirty or wer nappies in 24 hours.

Thanks. I've been writing down her feeds and bowel movements (can't seem to remember anything these days) and she is definitely pooing and weeing lots. Most of it in the middle of the night when she feeds constantly.

4 surprises. wrote:
My ds done this from birth to about 11 weeks old. i was so drained. He would feed every hour. and did not sleep. We were admitted to hospital for a couple of days so the pead could get a good understanding of hes pattern as he had reflux as well. I have no answers for you except i feel for you. its hard. gbh to you.

Oh god! Hope she doesn't go that long. Not sure how i will function. In 11 days im down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I will diminish to nothing if this continues. DH literally had to spoon feed me longer the other night cos she wouldnt take a break.

Is she feeding this frequently during the day as well? Both DS2 and DS3 were a bit like this at night especially whilst in hospital. Fed constantly at night but would sleep really well during the day. I had to work with both of them to change their routines around.

The main things that worked for me were cluster feeds in the afternoons between 2pm and 6pm, a bath and then when feeding during the night I would feed them before changing their nappies so if they fell asleep at one breast I could wake them up again by changing their nappy then feed off the other breast to make sure they were getting plenty of milk which would reduce their needs in relation to frequency of feeds and let them sleep for longer intervals at night.







Terror Tots wrote:
Is she feeding this frequently during the day as well? Both DS2 and DS3 were a bit like this at night especially whilst in hospital. Fed constantly at night but would sleep really well during the day. I had to work with both of them to change their routines around.

The main things that worked for me were cluster feeds in the afternoons between 2pm and 6pm, a bath and then when feeding during the night I would feed them before changing their nappies so if they fell asleep at one breast I could wake them up again by changing their nappy then feed off the other breast to make sure they were getting plenty of milk which would reduce their needs in relation to frequency of feeds and let them sleep for longer intervals at night.


Yes she sleeps well in the day. How do you change their routine? I can barely wake her in the day.

hello sorry to hear its hard at the moment. It is very hard to wake a newborn baby like nearly impossible lol
I don't think there is much you can do about the frequent waking at night try expressing at night and bottle feeding so you know if bubs is getting enough
usually my milk supply would drop off a bit at night and that's why its normal for cluster feeding
I breastfeed for ten months but formula fed and breast fed because my milk was still coming in.....

To be honest it didn't matter if I was breast feeding or Expressed bottle feeding she was just unsettled
this is normal.......They told me in hospital to let her suck on the boobie for however long but seriously she was sucking one night for one hour! A JOKE I know and It felt like I was feeding all night that's when I changed to expressed breast milk and started expressing every few hours building up my supply

They say to be very careful doing this as you can get an oversupply
I would talk a breastfeeding lactation specialist
your doing everything right its just hard buba could have some reflux its hard to know
you can elevate your bubs bed a bit this might help
good luck
ps infants friend saved the day for many months .....helps with wind....however I don't think you can give it to newborns check the bottle if you buy some

you baby will set the routine just remember its so early days give it a few weeks things will hopefully settle
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