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The Baby Whisperer says to start cluster feeding at 6 weeks....I'm just curious if anyone has started it earlier and what kind of results you had?
MrsWindyCity:I've never read that book, but we've always fed on demand. Early on, especially at 2-3 weeks, that included a whole lot of cluster feeding. He's always been a great night sleeper but I have no idea if it's because of the cluster feeding.
this. You should always feed on demand and never try to feed LO when she's not acting hungry (except in the beginning/if there are concerns about weight gain). Some days my baby wants to cluster feed all afternoon, while some days he eats big meals 3-4 hours apart. He consistently STTN regardless (7-8 hours). I believe that feeding on demand is th way to go... Follow your baby's cues!
Eta: I know you want sleep but it takes time! When my LO was six weeks old he slept a 4 hour stretch, then 2 hour stretches after that. Now at 10 weeks he is giving us nice, long stretches. Every baby is different, but your baby's sleeping will improve with age.
Every baby is an individual with individual feeding patterns.
I'm not quite sure what you are looking for with the "results" part of your question? If you start earlier (because your baby is demanding the breast more often) then the result would be a fed baby, am I right? I mean, its not like cluster feeding is some magical portal to babyhood or something. What exactly are you asking?
I read the Baby Whisperer and like any other book/advice/whatever, it may or may not apply to your specific situation or baby. Don't get too hung up on books etc. You have to get to know your baby and their needs. Do what feels right for you.
kristinasmall:I'm not looking for any magical portal into babyhood, or for her to sleep through the night or something like that. Mainly, in the evening (7 or 8pm until 11pm or midnight) seems to be her fussy time or "witching hour". I'm wondering if I feed her every couple of hours during that time if it might help. But, what I don't want to do is just be shoving a bottle in her mouth just because she crying, if she's not hungry.
My baby normally eats at least every 2 hours. When she cluster feeds, it's every 45 minutes to an hour, but it's at the breast, so she's falling asleep, waking up to nurse, falling back asleep...
If she's fussing and the usual things don't help, then try to give her a couple ounces in a bottle. If she's hungry, she'll take them. If she's not, she won't, right?
kristinasmall:I'm wondering if I feed her every couple of hours during that time if it might help. But, what I don't want to do is just be shoving a bottle in her mouth just because she crying, if she's not hungry.
Yeah, I think you are over thinking this. Babies have a witching hour at this age where they are just done with life for a while. They cry. Its overwhelming to them to be out of the womb. There isn't really much to be done about it except do your best to soothe through it. I wouldn't try to use food to soothe if she is not hungry. If she shows no signs or queues that she is hungry (smacking lips, rooting, putting fingers in her mouth). Have you tried a pacifier? White noise? I see you talking about food to soothe vs. the other methods available to you. Go through the other means to soothe. If she is hungry she will tell you she is hungry and take a small bottle. If not then don't worry with it. Try other methods to soothe.
BrassyClarinet:If she/he is not hungry then he/she won't be interested in eating. When my LO cries I usually offer the breast, and if she doesn't immediately latch or seem interested then I know it's not hunger that's the issue.
This isn't necessarily true. Aside from when he was a tiny newborn (like less than a week old) and sometimes too sleepy to eat, my LO has literally NEVER refused the breast, EVER. So it depends on the baby.