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foremilk hindmilk

my almost engorged breast feels quite soft after my dd (6weeks) feeds for about 5-7 minutes. when she removes the breast from her mouth she cries but does not latch on again so i think its gas. but i wonder if she is getting the hindmilk in such a short feed.
also i was wondering whats better for milk supply.. a long feed (approx 20-30 minutes) every 4 hours or short feeds (5-10 min) every 2-2 1/2 hours.

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Asked by happymum2010 at 11:33 AM on Feb. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • can you pump the foremilk out so that you are sure she is getting the good rich hindmilk?? or when she finished pump the hind milk and freeze it for later. i had to pump with both my babies. i got the most milk from long pumping less often. i got to the point that i only had to pump every 5 hours and would get like 6 oz per time (from both boobs.) i was like a COW!

    Answer by AmaliaD at 11:42 AM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Demand feeding is best for supply; it could be every hour and a half or every four hours, depends on the baby, just watch for hunger cues-rooting, sucking on hands, etc- and plop her on. Let her unlatch on her own, then offer the other side. If she takes it, she takes it. If not, she is not hungry anymore. To increase the chance of her getting lots of hindmilk (if you think she needs it), start her on the same side for two-three feedings, then switch and start her on the other side for two-three feedings.

    Answer by preacherskid at 11:58 AM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • They become very efficient at this age, so yes, she can get plenty is 5-7 minutes. If you are worried, then start with the breast you finished on last time and then offer the second one after a few minutes.

    Short feeds more frequently are better for supply and better for baby. Less gas and spit up because there is less milk sitting in their tummy... and some NEED to eat really frequently. Better for supply because the longer milk sits in your breast, the less milk your body thinks it needs to make. The more often your breast is emptied, the more milk your body thinks it needs to make. Think of it like a factory... when there is a bunch of product sitting around, they slow down... when they can't keep enough on the shelves, they speed up.

    In any case... just feed on demand. Whenever she cues hunger, feed her.... might be every 45 min, might be every 3 hours... whatever it is, just feed on demand.

    Answer by LeanneC at 12:01 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • If you're worried about hindmilk, try block feeding. Use one breast for a block of a few hours, and then switch the other.

    Answer by asaffell at 12:06 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • My first nursed for about an hour at a time, and my second was done in about 7-8 minutes with BOTH sides. They both gained weight about the same. I fed them both on demand. They all have their different styles.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 12:11 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • i really don't believe the foremilk hindmilk theories. each drop of my breast milk has a thin layer and a thick layer. i have read that the amount of fat in bm varies throughout the day, and also depends on the moms diet and fluid intake. i have also read that if the milk stays in the duct for a long time then some of the fat can tend to cling to the walls of the milk duct. if you are able to feed on demand like the other posters have suggested i think that might be best. i don't feel it is best to wait until you feel engorged before feeding...but that is just my opinion.
    i wonder if you wait until almost engorgement, if that might create a faster flow, with that maybe causing gas? idk, just a thought.
    good luck to you and your lo!

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 12:14 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • More frequent feedings are best for good milk supply, but also best for increasing the amount of fat baby gets. The longer milk "sits" in the breast the more it separates into foremilk and hindmilk. By feeding frequently (every 2 hours instead of every 4) baby is getting a better "balance" of FM/HM Great FAQ on FM/HM at


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 12:14 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

  • Nothing at all wrong with her pattern. What's best for supply? Always following the baby's cues.

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:16 PM on Feb. 12, 2010

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