Breastfeeding Frequency and DurationWhen you are learning to breastfeed, it’s best to do it early and often.
Breastfeed as soon as possible after birth. Then breastfeed at least 8 to 12 times every 24 hours to make plenty of milk for your baby.
In the first few days after birth, you may need to wake your baby for feedings about every three hours, even during the night, but follow your baby's cues if your baby is waking more frequently and showing you signs that he or she is ready to eat.
After the first few sleepy days, your baby will wake more often for feedings. Healthy babies will develop their own feeding schedules. Follow your baby's cues for when he or she is ready to eat.
Feedings may be 15 to 20 minutes or longer per breast. But there is no set time. Your baby will let you know when he or she is finished. If you are worried that your baby is not eating enough, talk to your baby's doctor.
Updated June 6, 2016