Re: Foremilk/Hindmilk pumping confusion
Terrific questions from LLLMeg. If you could wave that magic wand, what would happen?
I just want to point out that a lot of what you're seeing sounds very normal. Pumping 2-4 oz at a time: excellent. Breastfed babies who are nursing at the breast typically take just that amount. Baby feeding frequently, sometimes less than an hour after she last ate: normal. Breastmilk digests quickly and completely, and infant tummies are tiny. Seeing a relatively thin-looking layer of cream on top of separated milk: normal. Human milk is high in sugars and carbohydrates and low in fat compared to the milk produced by other types of animals; proof that human babies are designed to feed frequently.
A baby needing to feed soon after finishing a feed is not necessarily an indication that she didn't eat enough or that your milk was "deficient" in some way. Babies are biologically driven to feed frequently and they have a high need to suck. I know those 2 things together can drive a new mom bonkers, particularly if she has other responsibilities to take care of. But they are normal!
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