Oh, and the benefits - baby gets the hind milk which is the thick, rich cream that takes longer for their bodies to digest and has a lot of the rich nutrients and fat (which they need to grow). The front milk is more watery and thirst quenching, but obviously you don't want them just getting that. Also, it's good to ensure that you are totally emptying your breast to prevent mastitis, engorgement, lopsidedness, etc. My 2nd boy was very gassy and had "pesto" filled diapers during his 1st week - this is not good as that front milk is more sugary and watery. You want their poo to be mustard yellow which means they are getting a good supply of cream (good for sleep, cuts down on gas, good for growth, etc). I block fed on the advice of my lactation consultant.
at 12:50 PM on Dec. 2, 2010