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Old 05-23-2009, 09:54 AM   #1
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Foremilk Overload?

I am going back to work on Thursday and trying to stock up on expressed milk for my 11 week old. She now sleeps 10 hours at night, and when she wakes up she can't even empty one side of my completely engorged breasts -- so I pump from the other side and get 5 oz or more. However, it seems like I'm only getting foremilk. Is this my body's way of making sure she isn't dehydrated after her long sleep? It doesn't seem like these bottles will make for substantial nutrition when I return to work. Any advice?

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Old 05-23-2009, 09:58 AM   #2
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Re: Foremilk Overload?

Actually, your body only makes one kind of milk, but the fat in the milk pools at the back of the breasts, so as you nurse/pump more you will gradually get more fat.

I just learned this from the kellymom site last week, I thought before there was two kinds of milk as well.

Anyways, read their explanation http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fo...-hindmilk.html
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:01 AM   #3
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Re: Foremilk Overload?

So basically what is happening is I probably have a good 8 oz on each side and I'm only pumping out the foremilk? My bottles only hold 5 oz, LOL! I guess I need to use the bigger 8 oz bottles for the morning pumps?
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Yeah, I think using the bigger bottles would be a good idea. You definitely want to get the same fat content for your stored milk. BTW, you will have to swirl the bottled milk to spread the fat evenly before giving it for a feeding (ie. the fat sinks).
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Old 05-23-2009, 01:04 PM   #5
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i'd definately go w bigger bottles, i'd never get less than 10 oz on my right side out my first morning pump when i was EP for ds
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Old 05-23-2009, 02:34 PM   #6
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Re: Foremilk Overload?

I found that placing my hands around the base of my breast (where breast meets chest) and squeezing helps the hindmilk come down faster and my pumped milk looks less watery. I was told this helps by two different LC's 9 years apart and it works for me.
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