Where does fore-milk end and hind-milk begin (and does it actually matter?)

milk-creamAccording to the World Health Organization, breastfeeding provides all the nutrition your baby requires for the first six months of life. This entails satisfying both hunger and thirst, and to meet both these needs you might have heard that your breasts produce two distinct types of milk: thin, watery ‘fore-milk’ to quench thirst; and creamy, calorie-rich ‘hind-milk’ to satisfy hunger.

These apparently different types of breast milk are described in various ways, but a distinction is generally drawn between a watery/creamy consistency, and thirst/hunger. There is also an implication that you need to make sure your baby gets enough hind-milk in order to gain weight. According to DrPaul.com:

‘Foremilk is the milk which is first drawn during a feeding. It is generally thin and lower in fat content, satisfying the baby’s thirst and liquid needs.
Hindmilk is the milk which follows foremilk during a feeding. It is richer in fat content and is high in calories. The high fat and calorie content of this milk is important for your baby’s health and continuing growth.’

ParentingWeb.com carries a similar description:

‘Foremilk, a bluish-white milk that is lower in fat than the hindmilk is the milk your baby receives in the first part of the feeding.
The hindmilk, which follows the foremilk, is richer and higher in fat than the foremilk. The hindmilk provides most of the nutrients your baby needs to gain weight and grow, and it satisfies his hunger.’

Valorie Delp on Families.com goes a step further, and says you can actually see the difference between the two:

‘If you’re really into science, pump a bottle of milk and let it sit out on the counter for awhile. You’ll see the milk separate into two distinctive layers. . .one being much fattier than the other. That’s hind milk and foremilk.’

Valorie’s demonstration is appealing, but it’s unfortunately some way off the mark. The separation she describes is simply the fat in the milk rising to the surface, not a different type of milk. This illustrates quite neatly the problem with using the terms ‘fore’ and ‘hind’: it reinforces the impression that the breast produces two types of milk, when in fact it makes only one. The descriptions shown above aren’t entirely inaccurate – milk does indeed change consistency during a feed – but this happens gradually, rather than suddenly.

The change occurs due to an increase in the fat content of the milk as a feed progresses – hence the ‘creamy’ label attached to hind-milk. It isn’t simply the case of the longer the feed, the fattier the milk, however. A study published in Experimental Physiology demonstrates that the fat content is related to the ‘emptiness’ of the breast: the less milk it contains, the greater the proportion of fat in the milk1. This means that if a baby has a 4oz feed when the breast is only storing half its potential milk volume, it will contain more fat than a 4oz feed taken when the breast is three-quarters full.

The amount of fat in your milk therefore varies considerably throughout the day, depending on the time since the last feed, the amount of milk consumed at the last feed, the amount of milk consumed at the current feed… It sounds complicated – how on earth do you make sure that your baby is getting enough? The short answer is that you don’t need to. Whilst fat is an important constituent of your baby’s diet, so are protein and carbohydrate, and both of these are found in the watery rather than the fatty part of the milk. The evidence also suggests that weight gain is related simply to the volume of milk consumed, and not its fat content2, underlining the nutritional importance of all the components of breast milk.

If you are breastfeeding on demand, the bottom line is that you don’t need to worry about the ‘type’ of milk your baby is getting. Babies can show a wide variety of feeding patterns, suckling for varying lengths of time and at varying intervals over the course of a day, and maintain a healthy weight3. The terms ‘fore-milk’ and ‘hind-milk’ do have their place: in scientific studies, they are used to describe the samples of milk taken at the beginning and end of a feed. In more general usage, however, they often produce a confused and inaccurate picture. They split milk into two types (when there is actually only one), and imply that the fat contained in milk is somehow more nutritious than the rest of it. In fact, nutrients that are important for health and growth are contained in both components of breast milk, so the implication that the fatty part is for ‘eating’ and the watery part for ‘drinking’ is somewhat misleading. The important thing to remember is that ensuring your baby’s thirst and appetite are satisfied is not a complicated undertaking – it’s simply a matter of letting her feed when she wants to.

  1. Exp Physiol. 1993 Nov;78(6):741-55.
  2. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2002 Oct;16(4):355-60.
  3. Pediatrics. 2006 Mar;117(3):e387-95.Click here to read

40 Responses to “Where does fore-milk end and hind-milk begin (and does it actually matter?)”

  1. Fareen Says:

    Hello, I think I’ve learned about breast milk on this one page than I have in several years of reading (on and off). This time, however, I don’t know how to handle my breast feeding situation, as I have twins now. I have tried to exclusively breast feed each of them but have not been able to as of yet. I feel I am feeding about 1.5 rather than 2 times that of just one baby.

    My question is this: if I am breastfeeding both babies on demand, yet feeding formula for those times that I am away or was unable to pump/produce enough to satisfy both babies – how do I ensure they are getting enough of both components of the milk (the fatty and the sugary). When I pump milk, I always see a MUCH larger volume of the thin part. This is very different than when I was exclusively breastfeeding my son. With the milk I pumped then, it was almost 25% to 30% fatty milk and the rest sugary. With the twins’ pumped milk is always less than 10% fatty. How do I fix this?

    Both girls are gaining weight just fine and are thriving developmentally.

    thanks for your help

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      Hi Fareen, well done on breastfeeding your twins – it can be hard work!

      Firstly, I should say that I’m not a lactation expert (I’m just reporting on the clinical research), so if you are worried about any health issues you should contact a professional. Having said that, it doesn’t sound as if you do have anything to worry about here. The reason you are seeing less fat in your milk may possibly be because you are producing a much larger volume this time. The research indicates that the greater the volume of milk in the breast, the smaller the proportion of fat it contains. According to this reasoning, if you are producing more milk (to feed two babies), then the milk will contain a smaller proportion of fat. I can understand why this might worry you, but it really shouldn’t: babies can do equally well on very different amounts of fat. If it makes you feel any better, when I pump (for just one baby), I only see a fat content of about 10%!

      If you are breastfeeding on demand, the only time you need to be concerned is if your baby seems ill/isn’t gaining weight. This certainly doesn’t seem to be the case for you, as your twins are both doing really well. Please stop worrying – you’re doing a great job!

      Best wishes,

      • Elizabeth Jay Says:

        Hi again Fareen,

        Just wanted to mention some other research that might be relevant to your situation. A study entitled Do changes in pattern of breast usage alter the baby’s nutrient intake? looked at what happened to a baby’s overall fat intake when mothers switched between two different types of feeding pattern: offering either one breast for the duration of a feed, or both (switching mid-feed). As fat intake is related to breast emptying, you might expect babies to take on more fat in the one breast pattern (due to the complete emptying of one breast, rather than partial emptying of two). What they found, however, was that over a 24 hour period, the mean fat intake was the same for both patterns: babies adjusted the overall volume of milk they took to ensure they got enough fat. (I hope that makes sense – I’ll be writing about the study in more detail in a future post.)

        To apply this to your situation… If you think that the milk you express has too low a fat content (which it quite possibly doesn’t, but assuming it does), this research indicates it is not something to worry about, as your babies will adjust their milk intake when you feed them on demand to ensure they are getting exactly the amount of fat they need. As your girls are doing well, I’m sure you don’t need to be concerned in any case, but it’s nice to have some reassurance!

  2. OMM Says:

    this is very enlightening! in our culture, we have this notion that “fatty part is for ‘eating’ and the watery part for ‘drinking’. thats why older mommies would suggest that after our baby nurses on one side, we should always give the other side for “drinking” purpose, just like adults would drink water after a full meal. though sometimes i dont follow this practice because my baby tends to prefer one-breast-only per feeding. he would really take his time on one breast until it becomes empty (it hurts sometimes), then when i give the other breast he’d refuse. oh well, atleast i know that he’s getting fats, protein, and calcium in one feeding, that’s fine with me 🙂

    however, my concern is this

  3. OMM Says:

    this is my concern:
    my left breast seems to contain less milk than my right breast. i notice this every time i pump milk. does it follow that my breast milk is more fatty that my right one? if that is the case, my baby could be getting more more fats when he’s feeding on my left breast, so then i should force him to feed on my right to be able to get enough proteins and calcium? oh now im confused lol!

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      It does seem very confusing I know! I think the bottom line is that you don’t need to worry about which breast you use or how long you feed for. Your baby is very good at getting all the nutrients he needs, so if he’s demand fed, it’s unlikely there’ll be a problem – you definitely don’t need to force him in any way. I have exactly the same issue (left breast containing less milk) – I just offer both, and let her C take what she wants. Sometimes she’ll feed for ages on one side and ignore the other, others it’ll be a bit of both. I just let her get on with it!

  4. Dawn Says:

    Thanks everyone for your contribution. I have been battling with the fore/hind milk conversation for the past 2 weeks. My son, 2 months, has just gone through a change in feeding times (2.5 hours to 3-4 hours) and I have been worried if he was getting enough as he is not sleeping well. Someone told me to look and see how much cream my milk contained and same as described above, only about 10%. This communication really shed some light and now I understand why. I was afraid I was not getting enough fat/protein in my diet. Thanks! Now to figure out why he doesn’t sleep that long (30-45 min tops) and why he seems to play at my breast after about 5 min of really good sucking. hmmm

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      Hi Dawn – I’m glad you found the post helpful, and I hope your son’s sleeping settles down soon. C went through a few periods like this and I found them quite, um, challenging, but she sorted herself out in the end (and I’ve just had 3 nights in a row where she slept 8 hours!)

  5. Laura Says:

    I am so glad i read this article, as a first time mum i’ve been so confused about and worried about making sure my son (7 weeks old) gets enough hind milk. He’s grown so much and put on so much weight but then i started to read so many articles about making sure he empties the breast before going onto the next one. Since reading this advice over and over again feeding has become a battle, after 15 mins he just gets fussy and starts throwing his arms about and whingeing because the milk isnt coming quick enough or maybe he doesn’t like the taste, i don’t know but i do know that my breast isn’t empty. Following this article i will be going back to what i did before and switching to the other breast when he reaches this point. Thank you so much.

  6. A Ward Says:

    Hi- great article. My baby has boughts of what seems to be really painful digestion, especially after shorter feeds. I’ve read that foremilk can make colicy babies worse, especially as I produce a huge amount of milk and it flows fast. Any tips anyone because the midwives aren’t really any help? My baby’s 2 weeks old, has a nappy rash we can’t seem to cure, but no sign of thrush.

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      Hi there – I think the foremilk/colic hypothesis comes from the idea that colic is associated with lactose-intolerance, and as milk at the start of a feed has proportionally more than at the end, short ‘foremilk’ feeds may be more problematic for colicy babies. As far as I’m aware, there isn’t a great deal of support for this – it is speculation rather than anything based on evidence. I will look into it properly though!

      If your milk is coming out quickly do you think the problem may be caused by your baby swallowing a lot of air while trying to keep up with the flow?

      • stephanie Says:

        I have close to the same problem my baby 4 weeks old just started getting very gassy and it seems to be super uncomfortable for him. While i was feeding him i would switch from breast to breast frecuently because he gets fussy when the flow slows down but i read that that could be the cause of the gas is there anything i can do to help with the painful gas does it even have anything to do with switching breast?

      • Celine Says:

        i too have the same issue. i have milk that comes out very quickly. my baby (5 weeks) feeds well, with big gulps most of the time, but good latch so i don’t think he’s swalloing air. i let him come off the breast on his own time, but he’ll be very gassy for about 10 to 15 minutes or even longer. it goes away quickly, but his cries and screams are difficult to deal with in the mean time.

        his BM are green and explosive most of the time.

        after all that i’ve read, it sounds like he’s getting too much foremilk, not enough hindmilk (he’s gaining weight fine, i’m just trying to fix the gassy problem). i’ve started pumping when my breasts are engorged/full (pumping as much as 2 ounces) but that doesn’t appear to help.

        how do i know when the foremilk ends and hindmilk begins?

        all i want is a baby that sleeps better (right now he’s sleeping very little and only in 1 to 2 hour blocks) which i’ve heard the hindmilk helps … and looking for healthier BM’s (yellow instead of green like they used to be).

        anyone has ideas?

      • Aisha Says:

        hi, how often are you feeding your little one ??… try to feed when he is hungry not everytime he cries…. what happening is you are feeding him too often so he is just taking up the beginning of the milk while the rest of the milk is not even prepared for him….. maintain a two hour feed schedule ….. i was told that but i didnt listen and feed my baby whenever he cries that is after every 40 or 45 minutes or one hour i was afraid that if i dont feed him whenever he cires i would run out of my milk but believe me you wont try atleast giving 2 hour break after feed …… feed from both breasts … start with the one you finished last.

        the only other thing i can figure out …. are you eating something that is not suitable for your little one that might be making him gassy and green poos….. check out for allergies as well if God forbid he is having blood in his poo go to the gp immediately as it is a sign of cow milk protien allergy

      • Celine Says:

        Thanks Aisha,
        We are feeding every 2 hours never less (sometimes longer … 3 or 5.5 even). I’ve already eliminated milk from my diet, and been very careful with food sensitivities. No blood, thank god … looking forward to getting this resolved.

  7. divya Says:

    hai..my baby feeds only on right side than left side. i have very large saggy breasts. i am depressed whether this is the reason for her improper weight gain

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      Hi Divya – have you spoken to a health professional about your concerns?

    • Aisha Says:

      happened with me mine one was taking only left talk with lactation consultant she will ask you to try different positions and shift when your baby is half sleep or go to sleep

  8. Brit R Says:

    I found this very helpful. I do have a question though, why would a baby not gain wieght? My son is 6 weeks and is pediatrician recommended I supplement with formula because he wasn’t gaining. Well he is gaining now with the formula and breastmilk. I would love to just breastfeed again, so I’m wondering why my milk wouldn’t contain enough calories for wieght gain? Thank you.

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      Hi Brit – the following is general advice based on what I understand from the research (as I’m not a medical professional I can’t really comment officially on your situation)…

      Breastmilk varies widely in its composition, both between mothers, and in the same mother over time. If babies aren’t gaining enough weight, its most likely to be because they aren’t feeding frequently enough. So how often is ‘enough’? Feeding on demand (i.e. when your baby makes the slightest whimper) is always the best thing to do. For us, on demand meant pretty much every two hours (sometimes more often) right through until she was three months, after which my daughter (thankfully) started to take longer breaks between feeds. I know other mothers who had the same experience. Simply offering the breast will never do any harm. If babies don’t want to breastfeed, they won’t – so you won’t be able to feed them too much. It’s different with formula, as it’s higher in calories (and it’s less work to get it out of the bottle), so it’s easier to overfeed.

      The other possibility is that your son wasn’t latching on properly, so you may want to get this checked by a lactation consultant.

      Once you start supplementing with formula, your milk supply goes right down, as milk is produced on a ‘supply and demand’ basis. It can be hard to go back to full time breastfeeding, as you have to really work at getting your milk supply up (breastfeeding as much as you possibly can). The good news is, it is usually possible if it’s something you really want to do. Take a look at this:http://www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-possible-to-go-back-to-exclusive-breastfeeding-after-s_8864.bc and good luck!

  9. kw Says:

    My baby’s poos started of as yellow / mustard as they are supposed to be but are now green – she is now 3 weeks old. i have read that this is due to her taking too much foremilk and not enough hind milk. Is this correct? i have also read that this causes colic and she has started to show these symptoms also. My milk flow is very fast and so when she feeds she does break of often. she does come back to my breast for more once she has had a break and been winded. she tends to feed only form one breast each feed but sometimes ahe feeds for so long i switch her to the other. I dont know if she has emptied the first breast or not – how can you tell? She is gainning weight but not very much. The midwives say there is not a problem as long as she is not losing weight but if there is something i can do to help her get more of the hind milk this may help with the weight, the colic symptoms and the green poo. Also she has lots of spots on her sheeks – could this be due to too much foremilk as well?

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      Hello – it sounds as if you’re worrying when you really don’t need to! Green poo and spots (caused by hormones) are both quite normal.

      Lots of babies are colicky when they are young, and no one really knows why. The situation you describe with fast-flowing milk and wind is very familiar to me, as I experienced it with both my daughters. It does get easier, but in the meantime winding and then offering some more milk sounds like exactly the right thing to do.

      As it says in the post, there isn’t really any such thing as ‘too much foremilk’. If you are feeding your daughter on demand then she will be getting all the nutrition she needs. The amount of weight breastfed babies gain can vary a lot over time – please be reassured if the midwife is telling you not to worry.

  10. Claire Says:

    I just want to say thank you, this is the exact article I have been looking for, for the past 3 months! I spend a lot of time trawling through the internet (while my baby is at my boob) getting anxious and worried about the different milks. So many articles and conflicting information from the web, health visitors and lactation consultants alike! I’ve been worried as it will take many sittings for one breast to feel empty and with time being anything up to 2hrs inbetween feeds I was getting myself in a tizz, thinking each time she was having to take more Foremilk to get to the Hind as the first breast would’ve started filling up a bit, but surly that was better than offering her a full boob of Fore!?!?
    I have in common with others ….. Strong let down, collicy baby, loud windy baby, quick right milk producing breast and poop I can’t fathom from only going once a week to all of a sudden twice a day with more variations on colour and consistency than I care to mention!

    I honestly now feel that I can just go with her flow, if she poops, she poops, if she brings it back up, so what we got more!
    She is gaining weight and seems to be advancing wonderfully and that is all that matters 😃

  11. Angela Says:

    I agree completely! I am exclusively breastfeeding on demand and sometimes it’s five minutes, sometimes it’s twenty-five. It all depends on the time of day and how hungry she is. She is currently gaining an ounce and a half per day and shes only two weeks old!

  12. adesola adeola Says:

    how long will a baby be put to breasts before the baby can get the hind milk?

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      There isn’t really a point where you suddenly get to the hind milk – it just becomes gradually more fatty as the breast empties.

  13. Aisha Says:

    Thanks a lot for the above article!!!Exactly the article is so convincing and satisfying!!!My son 18 weeks old (4 months) is gaining weight at a slow pace. he was born with the weight of 3.982 kg at 41 week gestation now at 17 weeks his weight is 5.66 gaining weight on an average of 50 grams per week!! I worry a lot (worry because everyone else in the family want to introduce atleast one bottle of formula) because of the worry my milk production went down. now i take fenugreek capsules (please advise is it good to take these capsules) I drink a lot of water as i have heard that only water and baby frequently sucking on the breast can increase milk production. I feed on demand but most of the time i am soo engaged in work that my baby cries out loud so is that affecting my baby’s weight. When i go out my baby normally sleeps in the pushchair and in car when i get a feeling that he must be feeding not sleeping at that time does that affect milk production and baby weight. My son feeds every 40 minutes. He has 5 to 6 wet nappies and he poo 2 times in a day mostly yellow and seedy sometimes runny yellow.

    • Elizabeth Jay Says:

      Hi Aisha,

      I don’t know anything about fenugreek capsules I’m afraid, but you are doing the right thing by feeding on demand. Your son’s nappies sound completely normal. If you are at all worried that he is not gaining enough weight, please check with a health professional. Drinking excess water won’t increase milk production (although its a good idea to stay hydrated of course),but it’s true that the best way to ensure an adequate milk is to let your baby feed frequently – or whenever he wants to.

      • Aisha Says:

        We saw a child specialist he said that the baby is developing fine and the weight is okay. Continue whatever you are doing and let the baby do whatever he wants and feed him whenever he wants. As long as he is gaining weight i am fine with that but i have to convince others in the family that he is doing fine and i dont have convincing power!

        I also go to the health centre for weekly weight checks and there the health professional said that the baby is not getting the hind milk 🙂 (well again hind milk/ fore milk battle) I dont pay heed to this now!! i offer the same breast i finished on the previous feed. if he wants to take it he takes it otherwise i offer the other one. whenever he gets off i gave him a burp offer the same breast if he takes it well and good otherwise the other breast and he seems to be satisfied with what I am doing. I have also noticed that whenever he does a good feed he always poo at the end of that feed.and that is 2 to 3 times a day. otherwise he wants my breast to sooth himself for sleep or to soothe his teething!! or just for a snack! What I have learn so far from the breastfeeding journey is to let the baby do whatever he fancies. He is not going to starve himself and these babies are God-giftedly clever enough to know how to get the nutrition out of their mothers. All we need as mothers is good support from our husbands and family. The very mention of formula feed breaks me down to pieces. I want to enjoy breastfeeding and enjoy my time with my son. These precious days will never return… Thanks Elizabeth for your help!!

  14. gen Says:

    My babe is 4 and a 1/2 months. She has extreme constipation, green poo When she does go (usually once a fortnight) and extreme wind and gas pains and they really smell when they pass. She sleeps really bad like 40 mins during day and wakes every 3 hours through night and during the day, feeds every hour or so (on demand). When she feeds it seems she doesn’t like the end of the feed and wants to go to the other side and even then she won’t empty both sides. Could this be that she doesn’t like the fatty milk and this is why it is causing all these symptoms?? I don’t know how to encourage her to continue to get the fattier milk and she refuses to take a bottle of ebm. Any suggestions as I hate seeing her in all this pain!!

    • S B Says:

      you should take her to a doctor.

      • katie Says:

        I agree take her to a doctor. My LO was the same and I kept taking her to the doctor – green poo and seemed to be in terrible pain – was prescribed coleif for colic – didnt work, had really bad reflux – was then prescribed baby gaviscon – didnt work, then was really constipated – was prescribed laxatives – did work very well!!!! but only gave when really bad as didnt want her on it long term. she also got ecsma from time to time. Then when I started introducing solids, HV suggested giving weetabix with cows milk as a breakfast (as they say its ok to give cows milk on cereal or cook with it just not as a drink) – all her face came up in hives really bad. she’d been allaergy tested since and is confirmed to have a type one allergy to cows milk protein. apparently all the things I took her to the doctors with are indications of this in breastfed babies as a reaction to the dairy in my diet. This may not be the case with your baby as they are only indications of the allergy and can be due to something else but its worth asking your GP for advise. If this is the case you wont be able to use reqular formula milk either as they are cows milk based (i never used formula, hence why i this wasnt picked up until weaning) – so if you have already tried this and havent seen a reaction then your baby is ok.

        Hope you find the problem soon.

  15. Nosheen Says:

    Hi everyone.

    No one has posted on this for a while, so I’m hoping someone replies!!

    My baby is now 3 months old and till now has been an excellent eater. She put on tons of weight and was a very happy baby.

    But for about 2-3 weeks ago I got blocked ducts and since then my milk flow hasn’t been the same. My daughter struggled to get milk and so she seems to have gone off my breast! She doesn’t feed like before. Only like 5 minutes at a time. I’m worried sick that she doesn’t get to the hind milk and just keeps drinking the foremilk only. Her poos are generally still yellow mustard and not green. On an odd occasion they become green but generally, they are yellow. In 5 minutes, can she get to the hind milk and enough of it? In the last 2-3 weeks she seems to have lost weight and I’m so cut up about that.

  16. Zach Says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I am about to be a father in a month and have been fortunate to be educated by some extremely reputable and successful individuals. I have been told by many that Dr Paul’s theory on the hind milk being crucial to the baby’s growth is factual, and quite frankly it makes complete sense and has scientific facts to back it. More important than scientific facts it is also supported with real life evidence of the growth difference between newborns who aren’t receiving any hind milk and those who have; from a very successful and knowledgeable breast feeding consultant; among many other things she does

    My question for you is this: how have you drawn your conclusion? I see little evidence supporting your theory and would hate for others to receive incorrect guidance, thus discouraging them from breast feeding when their child does not grow as anticipated. You also state that as the feeding progresses, the milk becomes fattier. Thus, supporting the hindmilk theory, as if the milk becomes fattier as the feeding progresses, wouldn’t you want the most nutritional milk as opposed to filling your baby with the initial milk (fore milk) which is emptier in nutrition?

    So, convince me you’re right!

  17. Mary Says:

    I know you’ve not been blogging for a while, but I just want to say thank you for this. Despite working in the NHS for years (and taking everything with a big pinch of salt) with the final stages of my pregnancy I started taking in all the official information that was thrown at me. And the more I took in the more I was freaking out. Your blog changed that. I found out that I am not crazy for wanting scientific background for all the rubbish thrown my way. I felt so bad for not mastering the most natural thing in the world from day 1 (or day 10). I felt even worse when I started thinking about how long I would manage feeding through the pain. I found your blog when I was advised to make sure I empty my breast and offer the other, even though my baby was not feeding for longer than 15 minutes at a time. I really wish the available information about breastfeeding was more honest.

  18. Monique Says:

    Thank you Elizabeth for getting the truth out there! I can see you did your homework! Thanks to moms like you we know better now! I must tell you when I share new knowledge with my grandmother, she doesn’t always believe me! I have even come to the stage where i print out the articles to support my point. If you don’t mind me sharing, i read another interesting article on this topic and really wanted to share with my fellow moms 🙂

  19. louisa Says:

    Wow there I was worying that I don’t give enough hind milk though my baby is gaining weight. Thanx so much ffor the info

  20. Jessica Says:

    Hello. I came across this trying to find out how to remove some of the foremilk for my 2 week old daughter. She is gaining about a pound a week so yes she is gaining weight well. But my issue is I am over producing (never knew that over producing was a bad thing), and therefore she is only getting the watery lactose foremilk. With my last 4 babies I stopped BFing do to reflux that I thought was do to a milk allergy. Now my 5th (and last) I came across over producing and learned a lot. That to much of the foremilk (watery lactose) can actually mimic signs of colic, reflux, and even a milk allergy. I also have a very forceful let down. She has been really gassy, bad reflux, that have irritated her throat and caused hiccups after every feeding, even throwing up a couple times. She also had a red and blistered bottom 😦 (using some Aquaphena (sp?) ointment and its gone now) do to how acidic her poops are for digesting to much of the lactose milk… I’ve started block feeding to try to lower my production. But I was trying to learn how to remove some of the lactose milk from the stored milk I already have. I’ve also had to pump some when I am to full to remove some of the foremilk and also so the flow isn’t so fast for her. It has caused her to pull off the breast often, chock, and even inhale some milk during feedings (which is scary). Just want her to not be in pain anymore. All my babies have had feeding problems for the 1st year. and all were on special formulas. I never once thought it was do to me over producing.

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