Q&A: Baby Nursing Less Often?

My six-week-old has started nursing less often; is this normal?
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ByNancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist
Updated
Mar 2017
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Yes. Many babies cut back on length and frequency of breastfeeding as their stomachs get bigger and they get more efficient at getting milk. A baby who was once breastfeeding 12 times per day for 40 minutes may cut back to eight times per day for 20 minutes. It varies from baby to baby, so keep an eye on your little one’s weight gain. It’s the best indicator of ample milk production.

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