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Cluster feeding 10pm - 2am!!!!

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TallRedhead Mon 17-Mar-14 01:51:21

Help me!
Newborn bf cluster feeding for hours!
Sore nips!
Feel like I'm going mad only consolation he will then sleep for 5hrs. dd wasn't like this.
Tell me it gets better!!??

ipswichwitch Mon 17-Mar-14 02:01:38

It gets better! Although it seems like it goes on forever. DS1 used to cluster feed from around 8pm til 2am (sob!)
Thankfully DS2 is only doing it from 8-10 or 10-12.

TallRedhead Mon 17-Mar-14 02:10:35

he has just settled. now to grab some sleep. smile

TallRedhead Mon 17-Mar-14 05:14:52

3hrs sleep. That'll teach me for showing off about 5!

TallRedhead Mon 17-Mar-14 05:16:32

How long did it go on for?

ems1910 Mon 17-Mar-14 09:33:31

I hated cluster feeding. My son used to do 6pm until around midnight :/

Hope it eases for you soon

TallRedhead Mon 17-Mar-14 16:08:22

I suppose it's best it is in the night so I'm at home. I've had a day in town, first feed in Starbucks 2nd in Costa!! Suppose it would be hard to get out & about if he cluster fed in the day.
I am clutching a straws for positives smile

ipswichwitch Mon 17-Mar-14 20:16:33

Iirc DS1 cluster fed until about 4 months then had a spell from 6 to 7 months (probably a growth spurt there), so there is some light at the end of the tunnel!

It's not the cluster feeding itself I get fed up with - it's the bloody faffing on and off, screaming, pulling off with nipple still in mouth I can't stand! If DS1 had kept doing that much beyond 7 months I would never have carried on bf until 14 mo!

TallRedhead Mon 17-Mar-14 23:12:46

It is the faffing isn't it? So that's part of cluster feeding? Not reflux or anything to worry about? My nipples just get sore and I'm sure my boobs are empty after a while!!

As I said before dd did none of this. Boys - I should have known he'd be a pain. wink

ZenNudist Tue 18-Mar-14 04:54:55

Ds2 (7wo) on and off from 8pm to 2am usually! shock Tonight he fell asleep by 1130 and I just woke him to feed as he's been ill and unusually sleepy.

Also wondering how long he'll go on cluster feeding for. Ds1 did similar for months.

Yy to fussing and pulling, makes me feel I've got no milk left. Nice to know its normal.

KipT77 Tue 18-Mar-14 05:12:56

It gets better.... It does it does it does (eventually) x

BotBotticelli Tue 18-Mar-14 20:52:27

My DS cluster fed from 11pm - 5am every night from 3 days old until 14 days old when i finally gave in and gave up sad Put him on bottles in the end it just was killing me.

No-one I asked (and believe me, I asked everyone! MW, HV, NCT BFing consultant) could tell me why he was doing this and when/if it would end. People kept saying, oh that's unusual, babies usually clusterfeed in the evenings, not at night.

He wasn't just feeding every hour in the night like I believe newborn babies can. He would literally do 30 mins left boob, 10 minute break, 40 mins right boob, 12 minute break, 45 mins left boob, 5 min break, 30 mins right boob.....etc etc etc. ALL FECKING NIGHT!!!

He had a good latch but my nips were in shreds due to the constant feeding all night. And I was hallucinating like a guatanamo bay inmate after 16 nights with no sleep at all.

Sorry not a helpful post!

TallRedhead Wed 19-Mar-14 00:34:46

Well here I am again, thought he'd cracked it as went off at 1130 last night!
Just going from one boob to the other, surely they are empty now?
He does seem better with the faffing/fussing and nipples are holding out so far!!

spinnergeologist Wed 19-Mar-14 01:29:26

Hi, you have my sympathy. At 1 wk my bb would feed constantly all day and night. It is agony on the nipples. In the end I gave in and started topping up with a bottle as I was completely convinced that my production wasn't high enough. I was eventually told by a doctor that my bb was getting 3 times what he needed. It would have helped if every other health professional I spoke to hadnt just called it a growth spurt that he would get over. At 9 wks he is still feeding for long periods but if he goes over 30 mins on each side I give a small amount of formula then let him comfort on a finger until he sleeps. Most of the time this has him off for long enough to grab a hours nap a couple of times a night.hope you get it sorted soon

Chocolateteabag Thu 20-Mar-14 02:31:39

Tall - your boobs won't be "empty" - just probably a slower and slower supply.
dS2 (13weeks) has been doing this 1-2 evenings every couple of weeks. It's them stimulating your milk and having a growth spurt, can mean that introducing a bottle will affect your supply as your boobs miss out on the stimulation to make more milk.

Having said that, I do now have him on a bottle of formula at 7pm after his bath. I try to "tank" him up on the boob as much as I can through the day up to 5pm then distract him up to bath time (I has 3 year old Ds so can feed him constantly)

Tonight he had 3oz at 7pm, woke up ravenous at 8.30, had the rest of the ff bottle (2oz) and another 3oz which DH had to make up vv quickly. He has then woken at 2 like clockwork (yup formula does not make him sleep any longer)


TallRedhead Wed 26-Mar-14 21:08:42

I'm plodding on! Last night was a good night, sleep at 2330 feed 0230 & 0530. happy with that. Fingers crossed for tonight. But every night since I posted he has either fed until 3 at the worst, half 1 at best!!
Nipples holding up & latch improving. Ds is 4 weeks now so we are over the hump and starting to feel human smile

TallRedhead Fri 04-Apr-14 09:26:34

He slept from 11pm until 5.20am!
Wow. Longest sleep in nearly 6 weeks! But then I didn't go back to sleep! Damn. He slept until 0845 and has just fallen back to sleep on me after boob, it's alright for some smile

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