How long should babies nurse?

Posted on December 1, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , |


How long should a baby nurse? Great question. When a baby feels full or is getting full, it can be quite obvious. They relax at the breast and just open their mouths as they relax. They literally “fall” off. You may also see clenched hands relax as they drift into sleep. Babies generally feed for 10-12 minutes each. It depends on the age, maturity and size of each baby. A premature baby may take a little longer due to inability to “hang on” or get tired as nursing takes energy and sleep overtakes feeding. If you feel that your premature baby has, indeed, fallen asleep too soon, try to wake him up because his tummy will not be full and you will be feeding again in short order.  Burp them, undress them down to their diaper and try to coax them to take a little more.  If you are in doubt at any time about your babies’ feedings, check in with your doctor and/or a lactation consultant.

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