How Long to Nurse a Child

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It is recommended that a mother nurse her child for 20 minutes on each breast with a span of three to four hours between feedings and that this continue for about a year, or until the child weens him or herself. Discover how breast pumping for milk storage can help continue the breastfeeding process with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy and nursing.

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My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse and here to talk to you about how long to nurse a child. It is recommended to breast feed a baby for twenty minutes on each breast with a span of three to four hours between each feeding and then it's recommended to breast feed for as long as you can until the child either weens him or herself. Usually this can happen you know, at about a year, but it's just recommended to continue breast feeding for as long as you can and some women pose the question about going back to work, should you stop breast feeding at that point? But there's the option of pumping, breast p, like pumping your milk and storing it. And so this is a very good option for continuing to breast feed your baby. And that is how long it is recommended to nurse your child.

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