Between the third and seventh day after giving birth, your milk supply comes in containing two parts, which might separate in the fridge: Foremilk is thin, and may appear pale blue; Hindmilk
has more fat and will be slightly thicker and creamier in texture.
Darling, "Volume of foremilk, hindmilk
, and total milk produced by mothers of very preterm infants born at less than 28 weeks of gestation," Journal of Human Lactation, vol.
The Results: The Danish found that vitamin D levels were higher in hindmilk
than in foremilk.
My baby needed to feed every hour to hour and a half, which I now know is a variation of normal in the early days, but the midwife told me to encourage the baby to drain the breast to reach the hindmilk
. My HV told me to switch breasts every 10 minutes or so, which left me feeling a bit confused.
Foremilk (which is released within the first 5-10 minutes) is more 'sugary and watery' compared to hindmilk
which has more fat and proteins.
Switching sides, positions, and order allow each child to benefit from foremilk and hindmilk
, which is rich in necessary fat and calories (Walshaw, 2010).
Even during a feeding, fat content varies between foremilk and hindmilk
These processes include determining the time a mother must pump in order to express the calorie-dense hindmilk
, capturing the lower-volume, higher-calorie milk that generally occurs late in the day, correcting storage techniques, and so forth.
Limitations of our study include the lack of measurements of leptin and adiponectin in fore- and hindmilk
, but Ucar et al.
At each feed the breasts produce two types of milk: foremilk, which is produced at the beginning of a feed, and hindmilk
, which has more fat, energy and essential nutrients.
During the actual time of breast-feeding, the foremilk can have a fat content of about 1% and the hindmilk
can have a fat content of up to 12%; levels of fat can also differ between the two breasts.
It starts out as foremilk, full of water and lactose, and transforms into hindmilk
, which includes fat and calories.