Susan Schulman MD FAAP Breastfeeding Expert DrMDK.com
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Susan Schulman: Each feeding is variable, some babies will finish the feed in five minutes, someone will take up to thirty minutes. We usually say that by the time that there's a nursing for about twenty, twenty five minutes, they've probably gotten as much milk as they need, but it depends on how poky a sucker he is, it depends if they are falling asleep in the middle of the feeding, you can't make a legislative rule, but once the baby has finished feeding, we would like to burp him, change him and let him digest that food, and not to nurse him again, twenty minutes later, an hours later, an hour later. It's best to wait about two, two-and-a-half, even three hours between feeding, so baby can get hungry and take a decent feeding and go back to sleep. If the baby is very very hungry, and you feel your milk hasn't fully come in yet, then nurse more often until your milk comes in, then you will see that you will be able to stretch the feedings a little bit. I have mothers in my practice who nurse for two years. I have mothers in my practice they don't nurse at all, it's all an individual -- what works for the mother, what works for the baby kind of thing. One thing that you will find --
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