Re: Not producing Hindmilk
That's a good article -- definitely read it!
When people talk about foremilk and hindmilk it sounds like there are two different kinds of milk. There aren't. It's all just milk.
What happens is that when milk is produced during letdown, it's high in fat. Some of that milk is stored in the breasts between feedings. Over the course of a few hours the fat in the stored milk is reabsorbed.
So when your baby starts nursing, the first milk he gets is the milk that has been stored since the last feeding, and which now has less fat than when it was first produced. During letdown, the higher fat milk starts to flow. After he's been nursing for a while, he uses up the stored milk and gets more and more of the newer, higher fat milk.
When a mom has a large storage capacity there's a lot of stored milk in between feedings that the fat is being reabsorbed from. If a mom has a large storage capacity and oversupply, then baby is getting a whole lot of the lower fat milk before he gets to the newer, higher fat milk and he might be too full by then to keep going! That's where a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance can happen.
Okay, this was all a long-winded way to say-- It's not possible to not have hindmilk. That would basically mean you're producing milk with no fat in it at all. Not possible.
If the milk you're getting from pumping is really watery, it could be that you're only pumping out the milk that has been stored since the last feeding and not getting a letdown while pumping. That's entirely possible. I personally was never able to get a letdown with a pump.
You mentioned you tried block feeding and it didn't help... How often were you nursing? The longer you go between feedings, the less fat the stored milk is going to have. So it may help to nurse more frequently. Maybe every 1.5 to 2 hours?
Are you feeding the baby at the breast or are you pumping exclusively? Or doing both? If you're pumping in addition to nursing at the breast it might be increasing your oversupply, in which case you'd have more of the lower fat milk stored between feedings. Trying to pump it out would actually make the problem worse.
My suggestion would be to stick to nursing only (unless there's a reason why you have to pump, in which case if you pump after feedings instead of before the milk is going to be higher in fat) and continue the block feeding with very frequent nursing sessions.
I know I wrote a textbook , if you can get through it I hope something here helps. Good luck!
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