Frequency Days and Cluster Feeding

Does your breast- or formula-fed baby sometimes seem extra hungry, fussy and wanting the breast or bottle constantly? 

Lactation consultants and healthcare providers call these sudden increases 'cluster feeding' or “frequency days.” Frequency days tend to occur at 3 and 6 weeks and 3 and 6 months. They may occur because a baby is fueling up to grow, literally overnight.

Sudden increases in breastfeeding can also precede a baby getting a cold—frequent nursing ensures that your baby receives the antibodies and immunities your body has made especially for him at this time.

Changes in routine or new stages of development can also make your baby want to nurse or bottle-feed more than usual for a day or so. If you are breastfeeding, frequency days increase your milk supply, making pumping more productive and meeting your growing baby’s nutritional needs.

So, if suddenly one day you find you can do little but breast- or bottle-feed, settle into a comfortable chair with your baby, keep a pitcher of water and healthy snacks at your elbow, and give yourself a pat on the back for meeting your baby’s changing needs so well.

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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