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How to Know If Your Baby Isn't Getting Enough Hindmilk

You may have wondered if your infant is getting enough hindmilk -- the high-fat, calorie-rich milk that nursing babies get toward the end of a feeding. Here's how to find out.


  • Step 1: Chart weight Chart your baby's weight gain. If your baby is losing weight, or failing to gain weight over a period of weeks, it may be because they are not getting enough hindmilk.
  • Step 2: Look for symptoms Watch for symptoms that your baby may be getting an imbalance of foremilk and hindmilk, such as frequent spitting up, fussiness, gassiness, and stools that are watery, foamy, or greenish.
  • Step 3: Check your milk supply Consider whether your body is producing more milk than your baby can drink. If so, your baby may be getting full before they get to the hindmilk that is released as the breast is drained.
  • TIP: Consult a lactation specialist tp regulate your milk supply and make breastfeeding the best possible experience for both you and your child.
  • Step 4: Examine pumped milk Use a breast pump to extract all the milk from one side of your body, starting when your breast is full. Refrigerate the bottle of milk until the fat separates to examine its contents.
  • TIP: A small portion of fat to watery milk is normal, but if there is only a thin film or almost no fat layer, seek the advice of a lactation consultant.
  • Step 5: Breastfeed on demand Nurse your baby when they seem hungry instead of forcing a feeding schedule. Your body will naturally provide the right mix of foremilk and hindmilk for your baby's needs.
  • FACT: During the average breastfeeding session, a baby drinks 67 percent of the milk the mom has available.

You Will Need

  • Chart of baby's weight gain
  • Observation skills
  • Breast pump
  • Transparent bottles
  • Lactation consultant (optional)

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