Healthy infants will develop their own feeding schedules, and you should follow your infant's cues for when he or she is ready to eat.1 Feedings may last 15 to 20 minutes or longer per breast. There is no set length of feeding—your infant will let you know when he or she is finished.
The number of times that you breastfeed your infant per day and the time of day depend on your infant's age and the infant's preference. A newborn will need to be fed eight to 12 times per day.2 This means that your infant will likely need to breastfeed about every hour or two in the daytime and a couple of times at night during the first few days after birth.3
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