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How long should I breastfeed on each breast?

How long should I breastfeed on each breast?

Yes: Depends on how fast your baby sucks and how fast your let down is. Some babies will suck and finish a breast in 10 min, others will take 20. It is not necessary to feed on both sides. As your supply increases you may only need to feed one side for each feeding, just make sure you alternate each time to keep up your supply on both breasts. ...Read more

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Dr. Julie Abbott
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more


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How long should I feed on each breast?

How long should I feed on each breast?

15-20 minutes: It will vary by mom and by infant and what works best for you. But in general, i recommend that my patients breast feed for 20 minutes on the first side (to really get into the hind milk which is rich in fat) and then 5-15 minutes on the other side to relieve so of the gorging. A total feeding of 30-40 minutes is pretty average. ...Read more

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How long should I feed on each breast?

How long should I feed on each breast?

Re-ask question: I'm not sure what you mean. Do you have a baby that you are nursing? According to your profile, you are 70 years of age, so I assume that is not the case. Please clarify your question. Thank you. ...Read more

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How long must my baby nurse with each breastfeeding?

How long must my baby nurse with each breastfeeding?

Nursing time: As long as your breasts feel 'emptied'. Don't turn yourself into a human pacifier though. ...Read more

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Breast development just started. How long will it take?

Breast development just started. How long will it take?

Everyone is differen: Breast development grows at different rates for everyone. There is no set timeline. Also realize size is different for everyone. Take time to enjoy this time of change in your life, you have plenty of time to be an adult--which comes with many responsibilities. ...Read more

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How long can it take for the pain of stopping breast feeding dissappear?

How long can it take for the pain of stopping breast feeding dissappear?

1-3 days generally: You can use cabbage leaves on your breasts to help reduce the pain. ...Read more

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How long after pregnancy does the breast lactates milk?

How long after pregnancy does the breast lactates milk?

Nursing: You will have breast milk as long as you keep breastfeeding the baby. If for some reason you decide to stop then you will stop making more milk although sometimes it is still present for few months. ...Read more

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How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

How can I balance breastfeeding on demand and weaning my infant off of breast milk?

Don't be in a hurry!: The simplest, most natural way to wean is when your child initiates the process, usually around when solids are started. But if you're ready and they're not, try slowly tapering the number of nursing sessions every two or three days by replacing a nursing session with an alternative meal from a bottle/sippy cup/other foods (if ready). With luck, she'll be too busy with new experiences to notice! ...Read more

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How long should i pump both breast after 6 hours of working so that milk will not decrease? (Baby is almost 3 months, drinks 4-5 ounces each feeding)

How long should i pump both breast after 6 hours of working so that milk will not decrease? (Baby is almost 3 months, drinks 4-5 ounces each feeding)

Long enough 2 'empty: hard to give a firm time. pump enough to get enough milk, and so that you can tell your breasts "feel less full". The more time your breast spend feeling engorged, the more signals that sends to your body to decrease milk production. It would be ideal if you could pump every 3-4 hours, that should help maintain your supply better than going 6 hours. ...Read more

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How long does it take for breast milk to dry up?

How long does it take for breast milk to dry up?

Visit provider: Usually once you stop breastfeeding milk production will slow and eventually stop on its own without the stimulation of the infant. If certain hormones are elevated it could cause continued production. You can also have part of a duct system that did not completely empty and get intermittent release from there that is not due to continued production. An exam and labs will provide more info. ...Read more

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How long does spoting last while breast feeding and cramps?

BREASTFEEDING: Associated with spoting and cramping can be a gyne problem. Please consult one. ...Read more

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I gave birth to my son 12 days ago, how long will it take for the breast milk to dry up? I'm not breast feeding.

I gave birth to my son 12 days ago, how long will it take for the breast milk to dry up? I'm not breast feeding.

Why?: You should breast feed for six months, for your child's health. If social or work considerations are issues, you should breast pump. If this can' t be done, you may lactate 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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I breast fed for a month, how long does it usually take for the milk to dry up?

I breast fed for a month, how long does it usually take for the milk to dry up?

Breast milk: It varies person to person. Some things that you can do to speed things along: Wear a tight fitting bra 24hours a day/7 days a week. Best option is a sports bra. Do not express ANY milk as you will simply make more, Ice to your breasts when sore, avoid stimulation of breast tissue. ...Read more

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How long does my baby need breast milk or formula?

How long does my baby need breast milk or formula?

About one year: After a baby is 12 months of age, and is eating a variety of baby foods, he can be weaned off formula and start whole cow milk. The weaning can be gradual over a week, in which more and more cow milk is mixed into the liquid formula each day. By the end of the week, the baby's drink will be mostly or all cow milk. Or one can wean suddenly, by making the formula disappear and just offering milk. ...Read more

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How long does the breast reduction process take?

How long does the breast reduction process take?

Depends..: Depends on what you mean by “process”. The operation itself takes about 3 hours. Recovery may take 2 to 4 weeks. Obtaining health insurance coverage, if relevant, may take several weeks. See board plastic surgeons for more specifics; this operation tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed. ...Read more

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How will fybrocystic breasts effect my breastfeeding abilities?

How will fybrocystic breasts effect my breastfeeding abilities?

No.: You may even feel less lumps in your breasts with breastfeeding. Let your doctor know if you run into any problems. ...Read more

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How long does marijuana take to leave your breast milk ?

How long does marijuana take to leave your breast milk ?

See below: If you are smoking marijuana while breast feeding or simply around a minor, in my state this is grounds for notification of child protective services because you are endangering you baby! ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation?

How long does it take to recover from breast augmentation?

1-2 weeks: Most patients return to normal, non-strenuous activity in 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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