Breastmilk

Colostrum “Liquid Gold”

  • A thick, yellow fluid.
  • First milk mother produces.
  • Persists for 5 days to 2 weeks, with gradual conversion to mature milk by 4 to 6 weeks.

Mature milk

  • Is made of foremilk and hindmilk.
  • Spend enough time on each breast to make sure your baby is receiving both foremilk and hindmilk.
  • Both are vital for growth.

Foremilk

  • Watery milk, at the beginning of a feeding
  • Low fat concentrations

Hindmilk

  • Thick and creamy milk, at the end of a feeding
  • High fat concentrations

Do not limit breastfeeding time

  • If the time spent on a breast is limited, baby will be receiving foremilk from both breasts and will become too full to obtain a significant amount of hindmilk from either breast.
  • This high volume of foremilk, low-fat feeding can result in poor weight gain and colic-like symptoms.

Baby is feeding adequately

If baby has gained weight, has ~ 6 wet diapers and ~ 4 stools is probably receiving both foremilk and hindmilk.

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