It is a question all new nursing moms seem to ask: When should I nurse my baby and for how long should I nurse? The answer?
EVERY BABY IS DIFFERENT!
All babies are different and every baby has his or her way of showing you they are hungry. As you watch your baby, you will start to recognize your baby's unique hunger cues.
Hunger Cues: rooting for the breast, hand to mouth movements, sticking out tongue, puckering lips, sucking motions with lips, squirming, stirring, rapid eye movement under lids, and fussiness.
Length: five minutes to more than thirty minutes! There are many factors that influence the length of a nursing session including: your let down, your milk flow, whether baby is sleepy or easily distracted, nursing position, etc. Watch your baby to see if they are full and satisfied. They are finished when they turn away, slow down and become uninterested.
Every nursing baby and every breastfeeding mom are different. There is not set time or length. Watch your baby, not the clock!