Nursing My newborn. What's Normal?

Kathleen Tackett's picture


Dear Lactation Consultant,
How long should a baby breastfeed at one sitting to know they are getting enough nutrition? My son is 6 days old and his nursing time varies from 20 minutes to 1 hour total feeding time. I worry when he only eats for 20 minutes, should I be? Is he still getting milk at 1 hour or is he just pacifying at that point? Is it ok to nurse only on one breast at a time rather than switching after a while?

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