What is Hind Milk?

Hind milk is the term used to describe the milk that is produced by the breast towards the end of a feeding session. This milk is thicker and creamier than the milk that is produced at the beginning of a feeding session, known as foremilk. Hind milk is higher in fat content and provides more calories to the baby, which is why it is important for the baby’s growth and development.

Hind milk is produced as the baby feeds and removes milk from the breast. As the baby feeds, the sucking action stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin, which causes the milk ducts in the breast to contract and release milk. The milk that is produced towards the end of the feeding session contains a higher percentage of fat, as the milk ducts have been emptied of the lower-fat milk that is produced at the beginning of the feeding session.

It is important for babies to receive both foremilk and hind milk during feeding sessions, as both types of milk provide important nutrients for growth and development. In some cases, if a baby is not feeding effectively or is not feeding for long enough, they may not receive enough hind milk. This can lead to poor weight gain and other health issues. If you have concerns about your baby’s feeding, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional for advice and support.

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