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How Long Should A Feeding Last?

Each feeding will vary.  It depends on your baby.  The important thing is that you watch your baby, not the clock, 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 off 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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