I'm a first time mom. My LO is just over 5 weeks now. We had bumps along the way as we were both learning breastfeeding (supplementing due to Jaundice, sleepy baby falling asleep while nursing, thrush - which turned out not to be - a bit annoyed at my pedi for prescribing nystatin which made baby not always want to open his mouth thinking it was the medi, issues with low supply, or so I thought it was, etc).
Now things are getting much better, we have somewhat of a routine going. He was feeding every two hours for the first 3 weeks or so. Then at around the 4th week, it turned into 1.5 hours or sort of "on demand" feeding. For the last 3 days, he's been feeding less during the day, maybe every 2 or 2.5 hours, but once around 7pm or so comes, he wants to eat constantly… all the way until about 11:30 or midnight. Then during the night, he either wakes up once himself with signs of hunger/crying or I wake him up (don't let him sleep longer than 3.5 hours without a feeding) or he cries b/c he needs a diaper change and then I think he remembers that he can eat and then wants to.
1) Is this normal? The "cluster feeding" I think its called.
2)Will cluster feeding last for a long period of time? Or is it just occasional? I can't imagine feeding for 5 hours straight each night, every night.
3) Should I wake him if he sleeps past a certain # of hours at 5+ weeks?
4) Am I anywhere near the magical "6-week" mark where things will get much, much easier?
He feeds for about 20mins on each breast, so, during the day, if he is nursing every 1.5 hours and nurses for 40mins then with a diaper change and other small things, I'm only getting less than 30 spare mins - and that is only if I can get him to take a nap for a bit until his next feeding.