Fat content in milk

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Registered: 04-21-2004
Fat content in milk
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Tue, 06-08-2010 - 10:19pm

With the exception of a couple of dips in supply, I generally pump around 3-3.5oz while I'm at work (one pump). That has not changed recently, but I have noticed that I seem to have less fat in my milk. This is based on my frozen bags of milk. In my older bags there is a pretty thick layer, but on the newer bags there is a VERY thin one.

I have (and always have had) only 15 minutes to pump. I need 5 of those to set up/clean up, so I only pump for 10 minutes. I was wondering if maybe my supply has increased and that is the reason for the watery milk? My line of thinking is that if I had the time to pump longer, I would be getting more hindmilk. Is this something to be concerned about? I worry that this milk won't fill my son up the same way my older milk did, and I hate to imagine that he would be starving.

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Registered: 12-17-2007
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 1:11am

You can NOT tell the content of expressed milk from the fat content.

"there is a wide variation of normal and that "how" the breastmilk looks doesn't reflect on its composition, especially regarding fat content." http://www.mother-2-mother.com/motherconcerns.htm#whatdoesbreastmilklooklike

Is baby gaining as he should? (About 2 ounces per week at this age)http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/growth/weight-gain.html
If so then I would not be concerned for one minute.

As to "cleaning up" after pumping. Do you just put the pump horns etc in a zipper bag at the end of pumping and then store in fridge between sessions? (then you just wash at home at the end of the day) or are you washing/rinsing after every pump? Just trying to think of things that could cut down on time for you.



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Registered: 04-21-2004
Wed, 06-09-2010 - 11:52am

(nak) I only pump once and I wait till I get home to clean, so I guess it's packing/unpacking that takes so long--cleaning up my space, not the actual pump parts.

He is gaining fine now, as far as I know, but I don't suspect this one 4oz bottle would really affect that anyway. Thanks for the info, it made me feel better! I just don't get why the fat layer would look so different now from a few months ago.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Fri, 06-11-2010 - 6:29am

The thing with breast milk is that it is always changing - the colour may change and that may make it look thinner than before. If you did express at different times of the day, the milk would be different each time.

Milk changes and adapts as the baby grows older as well as at different times of the day, so that the milk you are making now is hat is suited to a baby of that age.

Teresa