What Is Cluster Feeding?
Cluster feeding is when a baby feeds more often than usual in a short period of time, usually accompanied by a period of increased wakefulness. This kind of behavior is completely normal and is often seen during growth spurts, when babies are trying to get more energy and comfort. The cluster feeding can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
10 Been-There Tips To Cope With Cluster Feeding
To help you cope with cluster feeding, here are 10 been-there tips that you can apply:
1. Take Naps
If you are struggling to cope with fatigue and overwhelm, try to sneak in a nap whenever possible. Even a short nap can help boost your energy levels and make the cluster feeding period more bearable.
2. Stock Up On Snacks & Beverages
It is important to stay hydrated and nourished during times of cluster feeding. Keep snacks like fruit, granola bars, nuts, trail mix and healthy smoothie ingredients handy so that you can quickly refuel yourself between feedings.
3. Have A Support System
Having a support system is essential to get through the cluster feeding period. Talk to your partner, family or close friends to voice your frustrations and get emotional support.
4. Invest In A Baby Carrier
A baby carrier can be a lifesaver during a cluster feeding period. Not only does it keep your hands free, but also allows you to get things done while carrying your baby around.
5. Distract Yourself
If the cluster feeding is making you feel overwhelmed and stressed, try to distract yourself by reading a book, watching a movie, listening to music or catching up with family and friends.
6. Practice Self Care
It is important to take care of yourself and remember to incorporate simple self-care activities like taking a long bath, massaging your feet and face, get your nails done, eat healthy food, and listen to your favorite music.
7. Talk To Your Baby
Talking to your baby during feedings can help keep your attention away from the monotonous feeding pattern. You can narrate stories, sing songs, and make silly noises to keep your baby entertained.
8. Allow Visitors When You Feel Comfortable
Visits from family, friends and relatives can bring in a sense of support and cheer during the cluster feeding days. However, make sure to only allow visits when you feel comfortable, as too much stimulation can also be overwhelming.
9. Take Help When Offered
Accept help when it is offered, whether it is help around the house, cooking, or taking care of other siblings. People will be more than happy to help and it can certainly make the cluster feeding period easier and bearable.
10. Set Realistic Expectations
It is important to understand that cluster feeding is a normal part of being a parent and try not to get too overwhelmed. Set realistic expectations and do whatever it takes to make it through the day.
Cluster feeding is a normal and natural part of being a parent. It can be stressful, overwhelming and tiring, but these 10 simple tips can help you cope with the cluster feeding period in a better way.