Re: Am I storing the right mix of milk?
No, definitely don't throw the milk away! There's no such thing as milk that is "just foremilk". The first milk to come out of the breast is refreshing, low in fat, and high in lactose (milk sugar). As the feeding or pumping session progresses, the milk gradually changes composition, becoming increasingly rich in fat. The key word being GRADUALLY!
If you have a particularly abundant supply, the milk you pump may be a bit lower in fat than if your supply was a little more closely matched to your baby's needs. But lower in fat doesn't mean no fat, and it's certainly not bad for the baby. It might make him a little gassier than average, but that's not a big problem in the grand scheme of things.
How old is your baby, and may I ask why you are pumping for a newborn? Generally moms are not advised to introduce pumping into the mix until they and their babies have mastered breastfeeding. It's really easy to pump yourself into an oversupply situation, and that can take time to remedy, and you don't want to introduce a bottle before 4-6 weeks unless the baby will not nurse and there is no other way to feed him.
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