How long should a breast-feeding session last?
According to medical providers and lactation consultants, a breast-feeding session should typically last 50 minutes to 1 hour. The baby should have 25 minutes of feeding on each side -the left breast and the right breast.
In that time, the baby might only get 2-4 ounces of milk to drink. You will not be able to measure precisely how much milk your baby has gotten but you can estimate and expressing your milk occasionally might give you a better idea.
It is important to allow extra time if your baby clearly appears to fall asleep sometimes while feeding.
You can nudge your baby or tickle his or her toes/feet to stir the baby awake. You might also gently blow on the baby's hair/forehead. If the baby remains in a deep sleep, you can put him or her down to rest and continue the breastfeeding session later.
Many breastfeeding mothers spend 8-12 hours per day breastfeeding especially if this is their main way of feeding their babies with little or no formula supplementng.
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