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Cluster feeding occurs when a baby suddenly changes their normal feeding behavior and begins to eat more frequently. Sometimes, each cluster feeding is shorter than a regular feeding, but often, it is not. Cluster feeding is normal. It is most common in breastfeeding newborns, though it can happen with bottle-fed infants, too.

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1. Identifying Cluster Feeding

Cluster feeding is described as feeding sessions that are shorter and more frequent, occurring over a period of three to four hours, though it may occur as several short feedings close together during the baby's fussiest time of day. Identifying cluster feeding is generally easy because it is a change from a baby's normal feeding pattern.

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