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Foremilk/hindmilk

I'm exclusively pumping for my 2 week old twin girls. While I was in the hospital, my milk would separate and I could see the difference b/w my foremilk and hindmilk. Now at home, my milk always seems more watery. I pump for at least 15 minutes (double pumping) and I get anywhere from 6-10oz at every pumping session. Am I not getting any hindmilk? I don't want to feed the babies just foremilk.

TTC for 8 years.
Started in 2008 with timed intercourse, ovulation testing, no official monitoring.
OB-GYN recommended Clomid and timed intercourse, attempted for 6 straight months.
First surgery June 2009 (OB-GYN): diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis and large hydrosalpinx on right tube.
Second surgery (July 2009, RE performed this): Right tube had to be removed, lots of adhesions removed.
Attempted "trying on our own" as per RE recommendations, unsuccessful 5-6 months.
HSG performed December 2009: left tube open.
February 2010: started Femara and timed intercourse, attempted 6 months, no BFPs.
Took a break for a while.
January 2011: started IUI process, ovaries never properly responded to medications, 6 failed attempts, never actually completed an IUI.
Took 2012-2014 off due to depression and frustration (side note: did complete grad school to become a nurse practitioner- great distraction).
2015: started seeing RE again, went through tons of testing and HSG, left tube now blocked, only option is IVF.
September 2015: Started first official IVF cycle, cancelled in October due to large cyst on left ovary.
October 2015: started on birth control for 2 months.
December 2015: attempted to start another IVF cycle, cysts on both ovaries on initial ultrasound, left was huge, cancelled to aspirated cyst.
January 2016: Cyst back, surgery for ex-lap, cyst and adhesions removed.
March 2016: Attempted second IVF cycle, estrogen way too high, cyst back, cancelled again.
April 2016: Third attempted IVF cycle, 7 eggs retrieved, 2 mature (but not great) embryos made to fresh transfer, neither implanted.
May-Sept 2016: Break to regain sanity.
Sept-Oct 2016: Attempted fourth IVF cycle, very successful, cyst still on left but we ignored. 7 mature "great looking" eggs retrieved, 4 mature embryos made it to day 5 transfer. Transfer aborted due to large amount of endometriosis fluid in uterus.
FET of 2 embryos completed on 12/12/16.
12/22/16 1st Beta 179 BFP!!!
12/24/16 2nd Beta 449!!
EDD 8/30/17 with two girls!!!!!

Audrey (4lb 8oz) and Olivia (6lb 6oz) born 8/10/17!!

Re: Foremilk/hindmilk

  • I'm exclusively pumping for my 2 week old twin girls. While I was in the hospital, my milk would separate and I could see the difference b/w my foremilk and hindmilk. Now at home, my milk always seems more watery. I pump for at least 15 minutes (double pumping) and I get anywhere from 6-10oz at every pumping session. Am I not getting any hindmilk? I don't want to feed the babies just foremilk.
    As long as your babies are gaining at a rate your doctor is happy with, then I wouldn't worry. In the hospital and the first few days before your milk can in it was probably mostly colostrum, which is much thicker. Your breast milk should change according to your babies' needs, so it might just be what they need right now.
    ME: 32  DH: 32 DD1: June '16 DD2: March ‘19 :::: Married since 2011 :::: USN Wife ::::
    ivyvines6
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