Clearly, I can not see the fat in the milk that my daughter simply nurses, but I pump three times a day for the local milk bank due to a pretty large excess supply. Well, when I was at work last spring, another teacher was pumping as well. Her baby was two weeks older than mine. We both were storing in the same fridge, and I noticed then that my milk had significantly more fat or cream on the top. At the time I did not think much of it. This summer, on occasion, I have to be away from my baby, and I put the milk in the fridge from the day before like any other normal person. There seems to be even more fat now than there was then. Is there a question here- yes.
1. How much fat is normal- I know it changes from person to person, but last week, I pumped 4 oz into a bottle that I forgot to put in the fridge. It sat on the stand by the TV until late that night. By then, an entire ounce of fat had floated to the top. And, that has been pretty typical of the milk that I put in the fridge.
2. Could this excess fat be contributing to my clogged milk ducts? If my daughter does not empty my right breast, it is very easy for me to get a clogged milk duct. I can go from zero to raquet ball sized lump in five or so hours. I usually can drain it within twelve hours, but it is painful, and just plain irritating.
3. Is it possible to have too much fat in your milk, and if so, are there any things I can do to help myself with this?
Thanks for your help.