Duration of Feedings

September 15, 2011 | No comments | Breast Feeding Support

After breastfeeding is well established there is no need to watch the clock while feeding. Some babies will nurse 5 to 10 minutes on each side while others will nurse 15 or 20 minutes from one side total. As long as nutritive sucking is taking place, with sucking and swallowing heard, the infant should be allowed to remain on the breast until finished eating. The longer the infant remains on one side the more hindmilk (and more fat) they will receive, so allow them to finish on the first breast before switching them to the opposite side.