How long do breastfeeds last?
Breastfeeding times shorten as babies get older. In the first month, babies usually feed for 15 to 20 minutes at each breast. If they are on one side for more than 20 minutes, they should be taken off and given the other breast. If the baby regularly needs more than 20 minutes of active sucking on the second breast, the baby may not be getting enough milk. After the first month, feeds usually become shorter, and after six months, breastfeeds during the day may last only 2 to 15 minutes and nighttime ones are often a little longer and more focused. Some mothers worry unnecessarily about short feeds.