Avoiding foremilk, hindmilk imbalance while pumping
My 10 week old is eating 48 oz a day and I think it's because of this foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. He can't be satisfied and he wants more! He is supposed to have 32 oz max daily for his weight but I pump exclusively for him due to latch problems, he was premature. Do you have any tips for how to prevent overfeeding foremilk when pumping? The more empty my breasts are the higher the fat content of my milk correct? Should I pump & dump some of the foremilk? Is it better to pump every 3 or 6 hours? Hes been so colicky. I have been overfilling his tummy with the first 3 oz off each breast combined in six oz bottle 8 times a day! He makes plenty of pee and poop as that is supposedly the indicator that he's getting enough, clearly not the case! I'm a nurse and this is my third child! Your information about imbalance makes perfect sense but it's news to me!
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I'm pretty sure I have a foremilk/hidemilk imbalance. How do I fix this? I have been going 3 hours in between nursing. Is that bad? should I go only 2 hours? She always latches on great and then nurses for about 3 minutes, and then pulls off (sometimes cries, sometime not) Then it's really hard to get her back on. She will do 2 things.. 1) either turn towards my breast, but every time to she opens her month to go back on, she quick turns away. and will keep doing this until she get frustrated. or 2) every time i will offer her my breast she just ignores it. Like she done and full?!
I really try to burp her too, and she usually always burps. I know of "block feeding" and have been doing that. but it doesn't seem to help!!! I really hope that you have answers for me, cause I feel I have tried everything. It's really hard not to just give up and give her formula (which I don't want to!) Thanks for you willingness to help.
My baby is 2 months old and exclusive breastfed. In the last 1.5 weeks she has been very different. When she sleeps she moves a lot, like she is uncomfortable or sometimes in pain. Two nights ago she fed 3 times during the night, last night she fed 5 times.
She doesnt have green poop, but this yellow with stuff like corn. In the last week she has been getting rashes because she poops too often. The rash clears in a couple of hours, but then it comes again when she poops several times in some hours or if i dont change her within 5 minutes of pooping.
She has always been very hard to burp, but when she burps it is very loud, she lets so much air out and sometimes with milk.
In the last days she has huge problems sleeping during the day. She used to be able to take several 1 hour naps or a long ine and some shorter. Now she sleeps about 1.5 hours in total from 9.00 am to 7 pm. She falls asleep, but wakes up, often because she farts or poops.
Hi, I decided I had a milk supply problem when I probably didn't and took a tea containing fenugreek. It massively increased my milk supply, and now I think I have a fore-hind milk imbalance (my baby is gassier/fussier after feeding, her stool is becoming green and slimy and this morning when I expressed from one breast I got 60ml of very watery milk (unusual)). I stopped taking the tea nearly a week ago. What can I do to correct the imbalance? I have been trying to offer just one breast at a time.
I have been block feeding my baby since 3 weeks old due to oversupply. but now at 10 weeks he has started to produce green explosive poos which has been diagnosed as lactose overload due to hindmilk- foremilk imbalance. He has also had reflux since 3 weeks also.
Your article suggest that: "The longer Mom waits between feedings, the more foremilk is allowed to collect and the longer it will take before baby receives the hind milk." But then later in the article you suggest to block feed on one side for 24hours.
I'm a bit confused, does this mean if I block feed on one side for 24hrs the opposite side will create more foremilk due to the longer wait between feeds?
Any suggestions on my situation would be greatly appreciated.
I think my baby has this issue. Lots of green foamy diapers and gasy baby.
When I pump, I get 4 oz out. When the milk seperates in the fridge, it is mostly the fore milk at the bottom with a thin layer of fat/hind milk on top. Should it be half and half or is the thin layer ok?
I have started only feeding the baby on one side and encourage long feedings to get to the hind milk. Not sure it is helping yet. Any help would be great!
Hi, your website is fantastic and I owe you my sanity!!
I have an issue though. My son is now 4 months old and I'm back at work this week. For a few weeks now I have been " trying " to stock up on stores milk for daycare and I'm just having no success anymore!
I used to make enough, like 100ml a breast with a good foremilk hindmilk balance but its just hopeless now!
I'm eating right, drinking lots of water, taking supplements and expressing as often as I was feeding when my son was really little.
He's been sleeping through the night since he was 2 and 1/2 months but I set alarms to get up in the night and express! He drinks 3 bottles of 150ml a day at daycare but it takes me 3 expressing sessions at work to get 1 bottle of 150!
And the weird thing is I don't seem to be getting any foremilk anymore... It's all the thicker whiter hindmilk... I just don't know what I'm doing wrong!! I don't feed my son in the afternoon and evening because he just gets so frustrated with my lack of supply so I express and he has formula.
So it takes me all day, the afternoon and evening and through the night to get him his 3 day bottles!! The only time he gets the breast is first thing at around 5am when he wakes up.... I think that's everything.
Oh and I use a milk flow homeopathic oral spray. Nothing's working. Any ideas?? I am determined to persevere with my son as I gave up with my daughter after 3 months and formulas so expensive and then I felt guilty every time she got sick haha, silly I know...
ahh m feeling so relieved m gonna do what i read ...my son has same symptoms for 3 days n i was so worried he has yellow n green vinegary stools 3 to 4 times a day n he is so fussy m gonna feed him from one breast at a time ..i hope it works
My dd has green stools. It's not different in consistency or smell from the normal yellow seedy ebf stools, only green in color. I pump an hour before nursing and she nurses about 5-7 mins on each side. Could it be an imbalance or is she not nursing long enough to get Hindmilk?
Block nursing works! My 4 week old LO now nurses twice from the same breast. His stools has become yellow again (instead of green), his tummy hurts him less (less gas pains), and because of the increase in hindmilk, he is sleeping better and longer. At his 2 week appt, he was diagnosed with colic.... Definitely not the case.
The high lactose foremilk was doing a number on his new developing tummy and I had no idea I was doing anything wrong. Due to oversupply, he would choke during every feeding and hollar with gas pains.
Started block nursing, I could tell a difference in baby in 2-3 days.
Help! My 10 week old only nurses for about 10 minutes each feeding which seems so sustain him (he eats every 2-3 hours) however when I pump my left breast is only producing foremilk! How can I fix this?
I am suffering (!) from oversupply problem..almost always got leaking breasts when I'm feeding on the other side.
Because of the oversupply, my baby is facing lactose overload ever since birth. She was misdiagnosed as Transitional Diarrhea-lactose intolerance- cow milk allergy n the problem was overlooked/treated accordingly. We took a break from BF for 3 days and put her on lactose free formula+ probiotic supplement which solved the problem of explosive stools with each BF session.
After resuming BF, may be bacause my breastmilk supply was reduced due to gap, her conditions improved a lot!!
But since a week the problem has started again and I'm planning a trial of expressing foremilk before taking her for feed. Let's see if this helps or else again 3 days break from BF and starting lactise free formula... If anyone has gone through same problem, suggestions are welcome
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This should be handed out to all mothers leaving the hospital!
I have been killing myself for 2 weeks now trying to figure out the root cause of my baby fussing and having so much gas in her tummy.
I was told it was my diet, and to go to a chiropractor and to take her to a specialist and I literally bought everything for gas and tummy aches for baby under the sun and nothing really helped solve the issue, mostly just put a bandaid on the problem.
I then came across this article and it all started making perfect sense and it clicked!
I overproduce milk, so after 10 minutes on the breast I was switching her to nurse from the other side.
Turns out she was only getting the Foremilk and not the Hindmilk causing her to have extreme gas and a huge tummy, and she wanted to nurse only an hour or two later and she was spitting up constantly and having explosive stools.
I was racking my brain thinking it was something I was eating and put myself on a super strict (no dairy, gluten free, plant based diet) but then noticed that she was also gulping a ton of air while I was nursing her and I started doing research.
I realized because I overproducing I need to pump after the first couple feedings so that I don't get engorged by her next feeding, causing her to gulp air because of the milk flow. Because of this her tummy was filling up with air, making it impossible for her to get comfortable and sleep for longer than an hour and causing her to cry in pain due to the gas.
I also talked to so many people and no one had any substantial advice, not even my Pediatrician!!
How they cannot simply suggest what this article states blows my mind. This solved all the issues I've been having that have literally been keeping us up all night.
Once you read about the types of milk and how to nurse, it makes perfect sense.
I also read countless blogs of other mothers going through the same thing and no one ever had any advice just that it was part of the process and the baby's digestive system just needed to mature.
I can't believe this! So many other mothers out there suffering and going through what I went through because they are misinformed or uninformed. I want to post this on every blog.
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