How Long Should Each Breastfeeding Session Last?

Many first time mothers have questions regarding how to best raise a healthy child. One of the biggest components to raising a healthy child is through adequate breastfeeding. This is of utmost importance as breastfeeding contributes to the healthy physical, mental, and social growth of your baby. One of the most popular questions among new mothers is, How long should my breastfeeding sessions last?Insight will be given into how long your breastfeeding sessions should last at various stages of your baby’s development. It should be noted, though, that not one amount of time is typical of all babies, but is rather a rule-of-thumb.

Time Spent Feeding
If you have a newborn, you will likely be feeding between eight-to-twelve times per day. Moreover, your breastfeeding session will usually last between twenty to forty-five minutes. However, with sleepy newborns, it is not unusual for your baby to feed a bit longer. Although spending more than forty-five minutes to feed may be a sign that your child is having trouble accessing the breast milk, it could just mean that your baby is taking his/her ole sweet time. Remind your child of this when he/she is acting up as a teen later in life! One suggestion is to switch breasts or reposition your child if it seems that he or she is having trouble accessing the milk. Do not stresses over this, however, as you will know if your child is not accessing enough of your breast milk. One way to tell that your baby is not receiving enough milk is by changes in your child’s stool color. If he or she is not receiving enough milk, you will notice your childís stool color changing to a brown or mustard-yellow color. Not a pleasant sight.
As your baby grows older, the time and frequency of feeding will begin to decrease, and you will begin to get more free time! What will you do with it? From the first to second month, the frequency of feedings will decrease from eight-to-twelve times per day to seven to-nine times per day. With each passing month, the number of feedings per day and time spend with each feeding will continue to decline.

Although the length of time spent feeding seems like a stressful subject as nutrition is vital to your babyís development, knows that your baby is unique and may not fit into the usual feeding times; there is no reason to panic. However, if the baby seems to be having trouble accessing the milk, try to reposition the baby. You will know your baby is not receiving enough breast milk by the color of his/her stool. Also, if you have a newborn it may seem that you are constantly feeding. However, know that the time and frequency of feeding will decrease, as the baby grows older.

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