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    Question Anyone Pump Foremilk and Hindmilk into Separate Bottles?

    I would like to pump the foremilk and hindmilk into separate bottles so that when my LO gets the EBM, it can be more like actual BFing. Has anyone tried this? Any ideas on how to best determine when to switch the bottles? Thanks in advance!
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    Default Re: Anyone Pump Foremilk and Hindmilk into Separate Bottles?

    I don't really think this is possible.

    Your milk that you pump earlier in the day will have less fat in it than the milk you pump later in the day. You could number the bottles and have them given at the same time you pumped them.
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    Default Re: Anyone Pump Foremilk and Hindmilk into Separate Bottles?

    The change from foremilk to hindmilk is so gradual that it would be very difficult to pinpoint when to switch. And I'm not sure what the benefit would be, to be honest.

    If you could get one bottle with more foremilk and one with more hindmilk I could foresee it leading to a baby with a foremilk hindmilk imbalance. They drink much faster from the bottle and could get full on the foremilk and not want to drink the hindmilk.
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    Default Re: Anyone Pump Foremilk and Hindmilk into Separate Bottles?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    The change from foremilk to hindmilk is so gradual that it would be very difficult to pinpoint when to switch. And I'm not sure what the benefit would be, to be honest.

    If you could get one bottle with more foremilk and one with more hindmilk I could foresee it leading to a baby with a foremilk hindmilk imbalance. They drink much faster from the bottle and could get full on the foremilk and not want to drink the hindmilk.

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    Default Re: Anyone Pump Foremilk and Hindmilk into Separate Bottles?

    If you really want to do this, I would suggest pumping either at different times of day (as someone else suggested), or keeping the two breasts separate. I know for me, I get a "light" side and a "heavy" side when I double-pump.

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    Default Re: Anyone Pump Foremilk and Hindmilk into Separate Bottles?

    Another way to do this would be to allow the milk to settle in the fridge for a while, and then pour it into 2 bottles, one which has more watery milk and less cream, and one which has more cream and less watery stuff. Just don't make one "all-cream" bottle and one "all-foremilk" bottle, because the switchover is gradual, and even at the beginning of a feeding your milk has some fat in it, just not as much as it does at the end.
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