Our little girl will be 1 week old tomorrow, and so far this whole first week she wakes up and starts cluster feeding every hour from about 2 Am to 6 Am. One of us has stayed up with her all night every night this week. Hubby is going to have to go back to work soon, so he will need to start sleeping at night. But I would also like to sleep at night so I can be up with LO during the day rather than sleeping during the day. Any tips on how to switch the time she cluster feeds? Can I just start trying to fill her up a few hours earlier so she won't be hungry?
No its not possible to change your babies cluster feeding, baby is doing this for a reason! If you were breastfeeding directly from the tap this cluster feeding would be upping your supply and ensuring that there is more milk being made each day. It is the babies natural instinct to increase mom's milk supply for when baby can eat more in one sitting. Right now babies stomach is REALLY small so she cant eat a whole lot and she is digesting it really really fast. Your child will cluster feed non stop for the first few weeks almost every single day at the same time (usually in the evening) and even months on there will be days (growth spurts) where baby is going to cluster feed.
I cannot remember the name of the hormone right now, but it is highest between 2-6 am, which creates the breast milk and keeps it going. Natures way of ensuring survival!
It is also a comfort thing, feeding + sucking is a calming reflex for baby.
And hun, you had a baby - sleeping at night isnt an option for a little while, SORRY! Sleep when baby sleeps, day or night. Hold in there, it will get easier but your going to have to get the sleeping at night idea out of your head. Now you sleep like a baby
Me three. And everything changes so quickly when they are tiny you will probably find that by next week she's got a different pattern all together. Don't try and change anything, she's tiny and new to this world so play by her rules while she gets the hang of the outside world.
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