from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See colostrum.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The first milk drawn from a cow during milking; in humans, the milk secreted initially during breastfeeding, typically low in fat and rich in protein.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The milk secreted just before, or directly after, the birth of a child or of the young of an animal; colostrum.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as colostrum, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. milky fluid secreted for the first day or two after parturition
The small amount of milk produced early in the feeding is called foremilk.
The milk at the start of a feed (called foremilk) is more watery and high in lactose (milk sugar).
Mom and Michael went to milk Fawn because the first milk (also called the foremilk) is the most healthful and most important.
They taught us that the milk at the beginning of a feeding, known as the “foremilk,” was lighter than the creamy “hindmilk” at the end.
I did all of this up until I realized I had too much milk, which was mostly foremilk.
This milk provides most of the calories and contains more fat and protein than foremilk.
• Green frothy poop: In breastfed babies, green frothy poop signals overactive letdown or a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.
• Another possible breastfeeding-related cause of colic is lactose overload resulting from foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.
To resolve foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, always let your baby self-detach before switching breasts.
The point is that milk composition changes gradually throughout a feed; there isn't a foremilk part and a hindmilk part, like the oil and water in the bowl before you mix them; it's all mixed up together like inside the sponge and is released in gradually changing proportions.
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