I have currently started pumping and noticed my milk isn't a blueish white color. I barely have any fat settling to the top of my pumped milk. Is this normal? Has anyone else had that problem?
post #1 of 16
3/25/10 at 9:52am
This question caught my attention. I have a nanny for DD. When she saw my milk she said it looked like skim milk. Her niece's milk has much more cream in it than mine (maybe about 1"). When mine settles there is about 1/4" cream on top. I added more marshmallow root to my Mother's Milk Tea as that was supposed to help. I didn't keep it up though I did notice some difference, probably 1/2" cream.
ETA: I get plenty of dietary fat, sad to say it prefers to hang around my thighs and not so much in my breast milk.
I do like the Kelly mom website and believe it has amazing nursing info, but it claims that while fat content will vary from mother -to -mother, this does not affect the nutritional content of the milk -or something to that effect. I agree that all breast milk is nutritionally fabulous, but the caloric value of a milk high in fat will vary dramatically from a low fat content milk.
I just wanted to put this out there as I felt there was very little information available and I found it frustrating to hear the phrase that all breast milk is comparable - there is huge variation in fat and this can affect the weight gain of ones baby. I know that any breast milk is golddust and maybe that is why this idea is perpetuated (to stop Mom's feeling inadequate), but the caloric value of high fat versus low fat is going to be dramatically different. I do not feel inadequate but would like lactation consultants to pay more attention to this difference in fat content when trying to resolve colic in breast fed babies.