Cluster feeding is one of the most popular subjects on my blog. I have written about it extensively. All of my babies cluster fed and even though I have three babies, I wondered with every single one of them, when will cluster feeding stop?
Yes, even though I had been through it before, it’s still daunting when you are going through it. I especially wondered with my first baby since it was all new to me and just so exhausting!
Once I had my second and third babies I did try to understand and embrace cluster feeding as a temporary time in my baby’s life. But, it was still wearing and I still wondered if it was normal. Each baby is different and each cluster feeding experience has been tiring to me.
The good news is, it does stop at some point. Yep, the day will come and you will realize you are no longer spending every single night sitting on the couch cluster feeding from 5-9 PM, or whichever time frame your baby has chosen.
I have asked other moms and based on my own experiences, I will say cluster feeding begins to lesson and stop sometime between three to four months old.
It can go on till six months in some cases, but I do not believe that is common. Some babies may go even longer but again, this is not common. Sometimes during growth spurts your baby may nurse more frequently but it won’t be as consistent as those early days of cluster feeding.
Every baby is different, but the peak – extreme cluster feeding for me has always ramped up between two to six weeks, continued for several weeks, and then lessoned. By about four months breastfeeding was always much easier for me with each baby and cluster feeding had mostly stopped.
Cluster feeding is a temporary time in your baby’s life
Cluster feeding is bunches of feeds close together. In my case it was always in the evening that my babies wanted to cluster feed. It usually would start in the early evening and go until 9 or 10 PM. After that my baby would have a little bit longer stretch of sleep.
While cluster feeding it may seem like your baby is pulling on and off the breast, and not getting enough milk, but they could be doing this to increase your supply during a growth spurt.
Sometimes they are fussy and other times they nurse non stop not pulling off at all. I have also experienced it where my baby is nursing non stop for hours and finally seems done, then pulls off only to wake again and want to nurse minutes later.
When it comes to cluster feeding all of these scenarios are normal
But, the good news is that it’s completely common, many other moms have gone through it or are going through it, and it does end eventually!