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How Long Should An Average Nursing Session Should Last?

time associated with a breastfeeding session is as variable as the amount of milk consumed

We’re often asked how long an average nursing session should last. There is no right answer to this and no relationship exists between the length of a nursing session and how much milk is consumed by baby. ⁣

In terms of breastfeeding basics, the best rule of thumb is to allow for cue-based feeds and let baby set the pace of their breastfeeding schedule. How are baby’s poops? How is baby’s weight gain? Are you seeing/hearing lots of active swallowing at the breast? Is baby content after feeds? If so, you likely have nothing to worry about. ⁣

How long is a typical breastfeeding session for you?


  • My baby eats for 30ish minutes 6xs a day! Hes almost 4 months old

  • My 6mo usually only nurses for 4-6 minutes during the day if he’s awake. I feel like there’s no way that’s enough but he REFUSES to eat any more. At night when he’s falling asleep it can get closer to 20 minutes.

  • My sessions range from 10 minutes at night to 25 minutes during the day.
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