Q&A: When Will My Baby Stop Cluster Feeding?
When will my baby stop cluster feeding? She is six months old and still wants to feed every two to two-and-a-half hours. My mom says I should restrict nursing to every four hours. I also feed her two teaspoon servings of cereal twice a day.
First, decide whether you think your daughter is truly hungry and looking for nutrition, or whether she is more interested in physical closeness to you. If you suspect the latter, take the time to be with her without offering the breast. Sing, play, or cuddle instead.
If it’s really food she needs, then she is probably ready to increase her solid intake. A more ‘typical’ six-month-old intake would be two to four tablespoons (there are three teaspoons in a tablespoon) of rice cereal mixed with breast milk or formula twice a day, and some have added a pureed fruit or vegetable on top of this. Try to offer her some more cereal, though it’s best not to choose her hungriest times of day, such as first thing in the morning.