Post # 1
My FH and I were recently talking about breastfeeding and came across something neither of us had any idea about. This is probably gonna sound stupid but I’m curious… It all started when we saw a picture of the Modern Family actress breast feeding her twins, one on each breast. What if one baby ate more than the other?
When you are breastfeeding, if the baby only drinks from one breast does it get smaller since there is less milk in that breast? Do you rotate breasts?
Post # 3
Not a silly question at all. Yes, you should switch them out each time or you will be lopsided 🙂
Post # 4
You rotate breasts – and in the case of most babies – they feed from both breasts during feedings (especially early on). You alternate which side they start on, since they often feed longer from the first side, to equalize stimulation. Breasts are designed to produce milk by demand, so the more that they eat – the more that they make (usually). If you breastfeed twins, you usually make more milk than someone with a single baby – and if you breastfeed twins, you would alternate which side the babies feed from.
Post # 5
Interesting. I figured you would have to get lopsided, I just wasn’t sure.
Thanks for the info. I’ll make a note of that when I breast feed. I don’t know if anyone ever tells you these kinds of things…
Post # 6
Some babies will prefer one breast to the other – so you have to work a bit to get them to take each side evenly.
Post # 7
I just alternate since I have so much production. They make little reminder bracelets so that you can remember which is next, but I have no problem remembering. Most people find that they have one side that produces more than the other for some reason…
Some babies have a favorite side too! No one tells you any of this stuff at all… Also when you are pumping, there are different size nipple shields and it makes a difference to how well pumping goes. Make sure you get the right size!
Post # 8
Another interesting tidbit! Did you know that if you are feeding your newborn exclusively on one breast and your toddler on the other, that your breasts will actually produce DIFFERENT milk? The boobs know! Crazy huh? (An interesting question would be why the hell you’re breastfeeding a toddler, but I digress…)
My left boob makes more milk than my right boob. MB hates to feed off that one because it’s like trying to take a drink from a firehose, the poor thing. I handpump it down a bit before I feed her so she’ll get enough hindmilk. Too much foremilk and she’s all grumpy!
Post # 9
I love all these questions and threads. All good information I’m tucking away in my brain. Luckily I only have to store it for a couple months or else it might get lost up there 🙂
Post # 10
Ok maybe I’m going to sound dumb but what is hindmilk and foremilk?
Post # 11
LOL @ mightysapphire, I was wondering the same thing when I saw “toddler”!!!!
Post # 12
@mightysapphire- i think that back in the “day” (and probably still in some third world countries) mothers breastfeed for much longer and have children much closer together because of lack of contraception and lack of money. cheaper to breastfeed than start a kid on food, ya know. pretty cool that our bodies are capable of that, even if its not really necessary in 2010 in the US 🙂
Post # 13
@mighty – I know someone who is breastfeeding both her 1 year old and her 3 year old!!
Post # 14
Milk changes during each nursing session. Foremilk comes first and is like an appetizer for babies. Hindmilk comes in after the baby has been nursing for a few moments and has more fat and calories for growth.
Post # 15
Yep, some people still nurse toddlers, that is of course a personal choice. (The cashier at Ralph’s actually told my Darling Husband and I that she Boyfriend or Best Friend all her kids until they were FOUR.) I will be stopping well before then, I’m sure.
RE: Foremilk and Hindmilk
Foremilk comes out first and is sweet, but lacking nutrition. It gets your baby’s interest, but doesn’t do much for their health. Hindmilk lets down after the foremilk and is much fattier. It’s more nutrient dense and also contains more of the good stuff like antibodies.
If your baby just drinks the foremilk and gets full, they will be fussy because it’s like eating a Snickers bar. You get the sugar high, but not the satisfaction. The hindmilk will make your baby all sleepy and content. I can tell when MB has started sucking on hindmilk because her eyelids get heavy and her arms get floppy, LOL.
Post # 16
I don’t think i’ll ever breastfeed a child past one…but I guess it’ good to know that I can if I wanted to?!?!