Why does my breastmilk look different from the beginning to the end of a feeding?
Breastmilk is made of two parts: foremilk and hindmilk. Foremilk flows first and looks like skim milk (thin and watery). Hindmilk flows later and looks like buttermilk (thicker and creamier). Sometimes, babies who get too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk are fussy and do not gain enough weight. Hindmilk contains fat and calories important for the rapid growth of your baby. If your baby isnt gaining enough weight, you should nurse longer at each breast so he will get plenty of the higher fat hindmilk. You may also try nursing at only one breast at each feeding, feeding at both breasts but not limiting your baby at the first breast or starting each feeding at the same breast you ended the last feeding. Massaging your breast near the end of a feeding when your breast is getting soft will also stimulate the release of more hindmilk.