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How To Make Breastmilk Fattier? Learn From Here!

We believe that it is every mother’s goal to provide their babies with nothing but the best care so when it comes to milk, most of them opt to give their breast milk. However, some mothers fear that their milk is not sufficient; thus they like to know how to make breastmilk fattier and richer.

While establishing a good milk supply at the onset of breastfeeding is necessary, some health experts also believe that it is crucial to enhance the milk’s fat content. As parents, we also want to make sure that our young ones are getting adequate calories.

According to breastfeeding.usa.com, there are now two kinds of milk such as the foremilk or the hindmilk. The fat content in the breast milk gradually increases and gets fattier over time. Basically, the foremilk is the first batch of milk which is low fat.

Throughout the process, the fat content increases but the volume decreases which makes the hindmilk. There are various ways and techniques to increase the fat content of breast milk. Let us show you how.

What You Will Need to Make Your Breastmilk Fattier

Only a small portion of the breast milk is made up of fats but it is crucial for your baby’s brain and vision development. Also, it is the principle source of calories in breast milk which determines the amount of milk a baby needs to take daily to meet his or her dietary needs.

We are concerned about our baby’s growth as fat is also a determinant of growth rates so we tend to seek the effective techniques to increase the fat content in our breast milk. It is also crucial in metabolizing various vitamins; thus we can associate vitamin deficiencies with little fat content.

Aside from breast pumps and breast milk supplements, increasing your milk’s fat content only requires natural methods.

  • Remember that your baby will get foremilk during the first few sessions of breastfeeding. This is mostly water, protein, and other important nutrients but having less fat content. Continuous nursing will enable you to provide him or her hindmilk that is rich in fat and calories.

A research has also shown that the degree of emptiness of the breast drives fat content. Basically, fuller breasts mean your breast milk contains low fat while empty breasts mean higher fat content.

  • Pumping even before your baby nurses on you will allow you to produce hindmilk. Experts recommend pumping at least one-third of the milk to remove the foremilk. Aside from pumping, others also try breast compressions, heat compress, massage and hands-on technique.

All of these techniques aim to remove the foremilk, emptied the breasts and produce hindmilk for the baby. We will discuss more on breast compressions and how it helps to get fattier breast milk.

  • Although your diet will not necessarily affect your breast milk’s quality and quantity, it is important that you eat healthy foods. Protein-rich foods are highly suggested but make sure to take plenty of foods with monounsaturated fats.You can still enjoy dairy products and lean meats but lessen your red meat intake as it can affect the fat content of your milk.

This is a no-brainer but for the sake of reminding, vegetables and fruits are still the best foods for lactating moms. Although your diet has very little effect on your milk, you still need to eat a wide variety of healthy foods.

Steps on how to make breastmilk fattier

1. Change The Types Of Fats You Eat

According to National Health and Medical Research Council, a mom’s diet does not really affect the quality or the fat content of her milk. However, she can alter the types of fats she intakes to change the types of fat in her breast milk.

For an instance, a mother who consumes more animal fats and proteins tend to have more monounsaturated fatty acid in her milk compared to moms who eat fewer animal fats. The types of fats you take will reflect in your milk so it is still advisable to eat healthy fats.

In another study, those breastfeeding moms who are into traditional Mediterranean diet have a lower content of saturated fat but have higher omega-3 fatty acids content in their breast milk.

Thus, it is important that you take nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, and fish. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids are significant in your baby’s brain development.


2. Nurse Frequently

To ensure that you are giving your baby the hindmilk, experts recommend you have frequent nursing sessions. If this is not possible, you can try to at least decrease the time in-between sessions.

According to Kelly Bonyata, a Certified Lactation Consultant, the breast milk’s fat content is higher when feedings are “close together”. However, make sure that your baby will finish drinking the “first breast” first before switching breasts.

This will ensure that the baby is getting the right balance of fat and fluid from both breasts which could not be the same if you switch breasts immediately or when feeds are timed. Remember that towards the end of the feeding, the breast milk tends to have higher fat content.


3. Compress Your Breast

Compressing your breast will stimulate what they called the milk ejection reflux. The result, high-fat breast milk! During the baby’s first few days of life, they find it hard to latch well and breast compression works fine.

To do it, encircle your breast using only one hand while holding the baby with your other hand. Whenever the baby stops latching or drinking, squeeze your breast. Every time your baby stops drinking while you are nursing him or her, continue applying pressure.

Your baby will start drinking again. Repeat the process and stop when the baby stops drinking even if you are compressing your breast. However, don’t assume that the longer your baby feeds in one session, the fattier milk he gets.

Let your baby empty your breast. Technically, the breast will not be empty but you should be able to notice the difference between a full breast and the not so full breast.


4. Breast Massage

A gentle breast massage is similar to breast compression. It also offers the same effect which is to allow the hindmilk to arrive quickly. Giving yourself a massage is ideal before and during feeding sessions.

Start massaging your collarbone then downward to the breast. Massage towards the nipple in circles. Make sure to always start from the top to bottom and around the breast.


5. Empty Your Breast

One of the effective ways to empty the breast is by expressing the initial milk which is the foremilk and leaving the hindmilk for your baby. Foremilk is also an important food for the baby as it also contains carbohydrates and proteins.

According to Breastfeeding USA, the foremilk is not always low in fat content. It varies throughout the day and again, it depends on how frequent your baby is nursed.


6. Separate Your Milk

To explain the foremilk and hindmilk better examine the first milk that comes out during feeding or pumping session. It is mostly water, contains proteins and nutrients but has low fat and calories that help satisfy the baby’s thirst. That is the foremilk.

As your breast gets emptied, the fat content in the milk increases by up to three times higher and we call it the hindmilk. The breast milk tends to thicken as the feeding progresses on. This energy-dense milk serves as their “meal”.

If you want your baby to get more hindmilk, try separating your milk by pumping. If you are able to collect 200 ml of milk in a single pumping session, it could be watery.

Determine first how much milk your breasts are able to produce per each pumping session. This will give you an idea on how much to remove or separate so you can increase the fat content of your milk.


7. Avoid trans fat

Foods that are rich in refined sugars like processed foods or those with additives and preservatives should be avoided especially by lactating mothers. These types of foods are packed with trans fat which could be problematic for the breast milk.

Fats in your food intake should only come from “healthy resources” mentioned above. Likewise, lactating women with diets high in carbohydrates and low in fat may decrease the fat levels in their breast milk.

You can notice that breastfed babies eat more often compared to bottle-fed babies. This is due to the fact that proteins and fats in breast milk can be easily broken down compared to that of the formula. By avoiding trans fat in your diet, you are also promoting proper digestion of your baby.

Breast Milk Is Always The Best

We hope that you enjoyed our tutorial like we do. See, there are still plenty of ways on how to make breastmilk fattier. However, you just can’t alter the fat content by yourself but you can follow these techniques to help your baby consume the fattier milk.

Remember, the emptier the breast, the fattier the milk your baby can get. You can also consult your doctor for more information about breastfeeding. Share us your thoughts! Leave us a message in the comment section!

Happy nursing!

Sabrina Lily
 

I am a mother who has a 2-year-old pretty baby boy and we are preparing for the arrival of a new angel. From pregnancy until the child is born and look at them grow up each day is a pleasant experience. The little angels are so adorable. Taking care of and look children healthy is the most wonderful thing. Through this website, I want to share the experience of motherhood’s life for those who are a mama.

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