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    Default How to pump more hindmilk?

    I had milk supply issues and was giving my DS formula for the first week of life. I recently switched to pumping and bottlefeeding, but noticed that his stools are green instead of the yellow, seedy stools he had with formula. He's also much fussier. I was wondering if he was experiencing foremilk-hindmilk imbalance?

    I pump both breasts for about 10-15 minutes every 3 hours and can get about 3 oz total. Is there a way to increase the amount of hindmilk pumped? I only see a very thin layer of fat in the bags that I have stored.

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    Join Date
    Jul 2008

    Default Re: How to pump more hindmilk?

    He would more likely have greener stools with formula, and yellow and seedy is more a BM stool. How long ago did you switch? Maybe it is just the last of the formula getting out of his system?

    The layer of fat in my milk really varies. How long are you pumping? Generally I pump for a few minutes past the last time I see drops coming out. That way I have made sure I have tries to get most of the hindmilk as well.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Default Re: How to pump more hindmilk?

    One other thing - the fat content of milk varies throughout the day - nighttime & early morning has the most, and afternoon has the least, so it could depend on when you're pumping. I always had the best luck pumping either right before DS woke (if I wasn't out like a light) or about 45-60 minutes after his first feeding of the day.
    Last edited by @llli*imma2nonstopaa; October 25th, 2008 at 08:08 PM.
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