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Q&A: Is My Baby Eating Enough?

About how long should my baby nurse at each feeding?
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Lactation Specialist
Updated
March 2, 2017
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Moms were once instructed to watch the clock, but now, most experts agree that it’s best to leave the timing up to baby. Let him suck on one breast until he pops off on his own, and then try the other breast. (He may or may not accept the offer.) Some babies are satisfied after a mere five or 10 minutes, and others might nurse for up to 45 minutes or more. Either way is just fine.

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