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    Default foremilk/hindmilk imbalance since starting bottle feeding?

    i went back to work recently (this is my third week). last week, my 3.5 month old dd finally started consistently taking a bottle from daddy, who is at home w/her. yay!!

    unfortunately, this week she's been having dark green poops again (this happened before, when i had oald/os, which has since improved). i'm wondering if there's a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance in the milk i'm pumping. some of her poops are normal-looking orange-yellow, but the ones during the day & early evening are green.

    i usually pump about 8am, 10am, and 2pm, and nurse her at lunch. i usually pump for 10 to 12 minutes, as that's all i have time for. i use breast massage and compression during pumping, and it seems like my breasts are pretty empty when i'm done, with no more milk obviously coming out. i seem to see the creamy hindmilk toward the end of the pumping session, sometimes more than others. i usually combine the quantities from the left & right breasts into the same bag for storage in the fridge, to be used the next day. i'm getting anywhere from 2.5-5 oz at each pumping session (both breasts combined). typically it's right around 3oz.

    are there other things i should be doing? thanks for any suggestions!

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    Default Re: foremilk/hindmilk imbalance since starting bottle feeding?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*moonmaidyn View Post

    are there other things i should be doing? thanks for any suggestions!
    Try waiting for a few seconds and then hand expressing *after* you pump, you'll be amazed how much more you can get out. I am an exclusively EBM feeder and I don't have to supplement with formula, simply because of this trick and the fact that in between pumpings I hand express a few squirts of breastmilk just to keep the stimulation going (which will also help your breasts produce more hindmilk). I'm not so sure what to do though if you're strapped for time, maybe cut the pumping off a couple minutes early to do this? I usually pump for 25-30 min followed by expressing 10 min each time! lol
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