Daily Health Tips: Fore And Hind Milk


Over and over again, I have had breast feeding mothers tell me that they don’t make enough breast milk to feed their babies. Or they would say, their babies get hungry too often and so it is difficult to keep up with the crazy schedule of ‘feeding on demand’ that breast feeding requires of you.

Breast milk is very important to new born babies and really no child should be deprived on the many benefits of breast feeding exclusively. There are some mothers who, by reason of specific health conditions, cannot breast feed their babies. However, the greater majority of mothers are able to make enough breast milk to keep their babies satisfied.

Here are our top five tips for breast feeding properly:
o Patience: You’ve got to have loads of it. Sometimes, your baby feeds and then stops a bit just to gaze into your eyes. Give him/her the time needed to bond with you.
o There are two types of milk in the breast milk: the fore and the hind milk. You have to be sure that your baby gets both during each feeding session.
o Give the fore milk to quench thirst. The fore milk is mainly water and low in fats. If you observe, it’s bluish in colour. Its high water content is the reason why you don’t need to give your baby extra water. It’s also rich in protein, carbohydrates and vitamins.
o Be sure to give the hind milk. Now, if you finish giving just the fore milk and stop, the baby will be hungry thereafter as she has essentially only taken water. The milk that comes after the fore milk is thicker containing fats and has a whole lot of calories. The baby needs this to be very well nourished and to satisfy the hunger pangs. The longer a mother waits between meals, the more foremilk is produced and it takes your baby that much longer to get to the more filling hind milk.
o Let your baby feed on demand and each session should last until the breast ‘feels’ empty. I say ‘feel’ because the breast never really empties out After this, change to the other breast.

Remember that breast milk is the best and cheapest food for your baby. It also helps fortify your baby against diseases…so, now you have the right tools to get this done right.

Go for it and have a great weekend, people 😀

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2 Responses to Daily Health Tips: Fore And Hind Milk

  1. Reblogged this on chatwithketch and commented:

    Building on yesterday’s question, a reminder on fore milk and hind milk. Enjoy…

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  2. I too had a hard time, I did not realize that is was not just the nipple but the Areola the darker part that has to be put in the babies mouth and they suck the area and do not latch down on just the nipple that hurts and I never understood why some big breasts do not have a lot of milk compared to fried eggs flat as a pancake types. In the maternity home now a part of memory they wanted me to drink sugar yes a horrible mix in water and better stout. It did not seem to work so when my daughter started to turn yellow the doctor made me put her on the bottle as her organs were shutting down.

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