Breastfeeding

Duration of a feed

How long a feed lasts depends on your baby’s age and temperament. It can vary from just a few minutes up to 20 minutes per breast. Offer your baby both breasts. If she has had enough after one breast, start the next feed by giving her the other one. Be aware of the swallowing noises your baby makes and the intensity with which she sucks. Short rapid movements at the beginning start the milk flowing and slower, more intense sucking with swallowing noises indicates that your baby is receiving breast milk. When they are 2 to 4 months old, babies suck more efficiently and the individual feeds become shorter.