How Often Does Cluster Feeding Happen?

Cluster feeding sessions are most common around 3 weeks again at 6 weeks.

That’s when babies have their first of many growth spurts, and it’s in everyone’s interest to make sure your milk supply can keep up with their hungry bellies.

How often do babies cluster feed?

In your first few weeks, you will probably breastfeed your baby 8-12 times every 24 hours. Sometimes your baby may want to nurse more often. When feedings are bunched together, especially in the evening, it’s called cluster feeding.

How long does cluster feeding last for?

Cluster feeding generally ends when your baby is around six months old. Cluster feeding usually happens in phases. Your baby may feed more frequently than usual for a few hours during the day, usually during the evening. A typical phase of cluster feeding typically lasts around two days or less.

Do all babies cluster feed?

Don’t worry – it’s completely normal and some babies may cluster feed every day. Cluster feeding is most common in very young babies, but can also happen with older babies who have a tummy ache or are going through a growth spurt.

Why do babies cluster feed at night?

Reasons Cluster Feeding Is Beneficial:

Your baby gets lots of nourishment in a shorter period of time which is beneficial during the late afternoon/early evening hours when milk quality can be low. Baby can sleep longer stretches after cluster feeding periods. Milk supply can be kept up with regular feeding.