There comes a time in many breastfeeding mother's lives where they wonderif their baby is getting enough milk. Even if you think you've established a good feeding routine, breastfeeding a baby can still be a big guessing game. Your breasts aren't like coffee pots with convenient labels that let you know how much liquid gold is available. But it's not just the amount that matters — the right mix of milk is equally important for your growing baby. If you suspect a composition issue, you may wonder how to deal with a foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. The good news is there are several simple options to help resolve it you just need time and patience.
A foremilk-hindmilk imbalance is when a baby fills up on foremilk — which has a lower fat content — first, and then has a hard time digesting the lactose in the hindmilk — which has more fat — because it's not properly mixing in the breast, according to La Leche League International (LLLI). The breast automatically mixes these milks up to deliver a digestible and full meal to a baby. But an imbalance can sometimes occur when the breasts aren't being properly drained. "Babies who aren't ingesting enough of the higher fat component may see produce green, foamy stools, as opposed to occasional, which is normal," Deena Blumenfeld, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and Fellow of American College of Childbirth Educators (FACCE) of Shining Light Prenatal Education tells Romper.
If you suspect and foremilk-hindmilk imbalance know that it's pretty common and it can be easily resolved. Here are seven things to try if you suspect an imbalance in your breast milk.