Do I need to ensure my baby gets “hindmilk”?
The milk that babies get toward the end of a feed, sometimes called “hindmilk,” has more fat than the milk at the beginning of a feed. For this reason, some mothers are told they should offer only one breast at each feed or force the baby to stay on the breast longer than necessary, supposedly so the baby can empty it and get the hindmilk. This is bad advice and can create problems for mother and baby. Babies are good at controlling their intake. They know when they are hungry and how much milk they need. Mothers don’t need to worry about what kind of breast milk the baby is getting, only that the baby is getting enough. Mothers should pay attention to their baby’s hunger signs and to know how often to feed and whether to offer one breast or two.