on November 21, 2020
Breastfeeding is the best way to ensure that your baby receives proper nutrition to ensure good health and growth. Breast milk contains antibodies which help protect your baby from many common childhood illnesses and provides all the energy and nutrients that your baby needs during the first months of life up to two years of age and beyond.
If you are a new mother and have been researching everything about breastfeeding, you might have read or heard about two kinds of breast milk – foremilk and hindmilk.
In this article, we’ll discuss what is hindmilk and its importance for your baby.
Your breasts produce one type of milk, which can be categorised as foremilk and hindmilk. Foremilk is the milk that your baby gets first at the start of a feed and hindmilk is the milk your baby gets at the end of a feed.
At the start of a feed, your baby receives the first milk closest to your nipple. When your breasts are producing milk, the fat in the milk sticks to the sides of the cells which produce milk while the watery part of the milk flows easily towards your nipple, where it blends with the leftover milk from the last feed. As the feeding progresses, this milk gets diluted. The first watery milk that comes out has less fat, which is called foremilk and as your baby continues to feed, they begin to pull milk from deep within the breast where the fatty milk cells are located, which is called hindmilk.…