Foremilk vs. Hindmilk: What is the difference?
You may have heard the terms foremilk and hindmilk when it comes to describing breastmilk. They are BOTH breastmilk, both necessary and both amazing!
Breastmilk changes throughout a feeding. The breastmilk at the beginning of a feed when breasts are fuller, is known as foremilk. It has a more watery look and is higher in lactose. As a feed goes on and breasts drain, milk transitions to what is known as hindmilk. This milk looks more creamy and is typically higher in fats.
While these two types of breastmilk have different terms and nutritional components, they are simply: breastmilk! Breastmilk is tailor made for your baby!
Feeding your baby on demand and pumping a set schedule, allows your body to calibrate the mix of fore and hind milk to your baby's needs. Many get concerned about an imbalance of breastmilk components, but a true foremilk/hindmilk imbalance is RARE, and most often happens to parents with extreme oversupply. Signs of foremilk/hindmilk imbalance are consistent bright green frothy foamy poop, frequent short feeds, fussiness after feeds, gas and more and are most common in parents with oversupply.
If you feel you may have a true foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, contact a lactation professional so they can confirm and strategize with you!