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How Long Should A Feeding Last?

Each feeding will vary.  It depends on your baby.  It could last 5 minutes to an hour.  The important thing is that you watch your baby for signs that he is eating and content.

Nurse on one side until your baby lets you know he is full.  You will know your baby is full is full when he:

·         Falls of the breast and releases your nipple

·         Falls asleep

·         Relaxes his body and opens his fists. 

At this point try burping him and changing his diaper.  He may wake up enough to offer the other breast.  If he doesn’t don’t worry!  Just start with the breast he didn’t nurse on at the next feeding.  If he nursed on both breasts begin nursing on the breast that feels most full. 

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