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


From fore- +‎ milk. (Wiktionary)


  • The small amount of milk produced early in the feeding is called foremilk.

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

  • The milk at the start of a feed (called foremilk) is more watery and high in lactose (milk sugar).

    Chapter 30

  • Mom and Michael went to milk Fawn because the first milk (also called the foremilk) is the most healthful and most important.

    The Herald-Mail Online

  • 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.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms

  • I did all of this up until I realized I had too much milk, which was mostly foremilk.

    » Breastfeeding Supplements

  • This milk provides most of the calories and contains more fat and protein than foremilk.

    Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

  • • Green frothy poop: In breastfed babies, green frothy poop signals overactive letdown or a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

    Baby Bites

  • • Another possible breastfeeding-related cause of colic is lactose overload resulting from foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

    Baby Bites

  • To resolve foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, always let your baby self-detach before switching breasts.

    Baby Bites

  • 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.

    UK National Breastfeeding Awareness Week

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