A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. This has never been so true as in the ongoing debate about foremilk and hindmilk and their impact on breastfeeding. The misunderstandings around these concepts have caused anxiety, upset, and even led to breastfeeding problems and premature weaning.
The 2003 edition of The Breastfeeding Answer Book defines these terms this way:
“The milk the baby receives when he begins breastfeeding is called the ‘foremilk,’ which is high in volume but low in fat. As the feeding progresses, the fat content of the milk rises steadily as the volume decreases. The milk near the end of the feeding is low in volume but high in fat and is called the ‘hindmilk’” (Mohrbacher and Stock, p. 34).
It goes on to explain that by simply letting the baby “finish the first breast first”—switching breasts when the baby comes off the breast on his own rather than after a set time—the mother can be sure her baby receives the “proper balance of fluid and fat.” Since this book was published, research has expanded our understanding of foremilk and hindmilk and answered many of the common questions mothers have about these concepts.
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Australian breastfeeding Association:
Babies with a cleft of the lip only can usually breastfeed as a newborn. You can use your breast or fingers to block the cleft to help your baby to get proper suction.
The soft palate may have a cleft. This is often hard to see, so it may only be found after a few hours or days if your baby seems unable to breastfeed. The baby may make a clicking sound while breastfeeding or slip off the breast. The cleft will cause a break in the seal, which is needed for a ‘good’ breastfeeding ‘technique’.
Full article can be found here.
KellyMom.com has a great list of resources that can be found here.
CleftLipandPalatebreastfeeding.com has video, stories, medical articles, and more. Click here.
Health experts and breastfeeding experts agree that it’s best to wait until your baby is around six months old before offering any food other than breastmilk. There has been a large amount of research on this, and most health organizations have updated their recommendations to agree with current research. Unfortunately, many health care providers and written materials are not up to date in what they are advising parents.
Following are just a few of the organizations that recommend that all babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or any other foods) for the first 6 months of life (not the first 4-6 months):
Most babies will become developmentally and physiologically ready to eat solid foods between 6 and 8 months of age.
Why wait until 6 months for solids?
Although many of the reasons listed here assume that your baby is breastfed or fed breastmilk only, experts generally recommend that solids be delayed for formula fed babies also.
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Written by Donna Bruschi, IBCLC
…even if your breasts are small, even if you have twins, even if you’re worried.
Don’t wait to feed!
One of the biggest misconceptions I run into is “waiting for breasts to fill up” before you feed your baby. The fastest way to make abundant milk is to keep your breasts empty. Emptier breasts signal your body to make milk while full ones tell your body to stop making milk.
It’s like being at a buffet. When the serving dishes get low, a waiter keeps bringing new ones. If no one eats anything, the tray just sits there. Your body will continue reabsorbing and producing fresh milk, so, unlike the buffet, the milk is always fresh and ready to eat, but over time, you will make less and less milk. Your baby may show signs of hunger and be less content. Their weight will plateau or drop.
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By Renee Kam IBCLC
Have you noticed little bumps on your breast that encircle the area around your nipple (areola)? Have you ever wondered what they are and what they are for? Those little bumps are called Montgomery glands. These little bumps may have several important functions. Some women wonder if the changes they have noticed are a sign of pregnancy. So, what do montgomery glands do and what are they for? Do they signal pregnancy? Montgomery Glands Here are 7 interesting facts about Montgomery glands.
#1: There’s An Average Of Nine On Each Areola Women have an average of nine Montgomery glands on each areola. Although some women have none and others have up to 38. More Montgomery glands are located on the upper outer part of the areola. Interestingly, this is the area towards which a baby’s nose is often pointed when breastfeeding.
#2: They Get Bigger During Pregnancy Most mothers notice that their Montgomery glands become more prominent during pregnancy. Clearly, they must increase in size because they have an important role to play when your baby is born.
Find the remaining 5 facts here