Oh dear, I am aghast, this crap really is
still circulating as an urban myth!
Originally Posted by Quirky
Perhaps this discussion is best moved to the breastfeeding board,
I don't know that I really
want to expend the energy to deal with this but ...
|but there is a distinct difference between foremilk and hindmilk.
Correct - you can measure such a phenomenon but ...
|Advice to finish the first breast first before moving to the second breast (i.e., no arbitrary time limits of 10 minutes per side) is sound advice.
To some extent (in fact, only the "no arbitrary time limits" part) but ...
|There are legitimate situations where women should use only one side to nurse for a certain timeframe, such as oversupply, to help regulate their supply.
a very sensible approach, since in doing so you are just asking
for engorgement and blocked ducts = "mastitis". It may "work" - technically - which is the very problem we are having with women being told this - I have to say it - crap
! "Mastitis" is really
effective in cutting down milk supply.
|Also, babies who get a lot of foremilk and not a lot of hindmilk can get very gassy and uncomfortable because of all the lactose in foremilk, not to mention they don't get filled up on fatty hindmilk, and so are hungrier more often.
. This is the fallacy in the argument. The only
way you would be able to regulate whether an infant gets more "foremilk" or "hindmilk", is to pump the part you don't want and throw it away (or a rather more clever method I often advise). Just because someone does a "study" and makes an observation - no doubt quite correct in itself - does not mean that you can use this to manipulate
the function of the breast.
I mean, it should
be dead obvious. If you leave one breast full at a feed, ignoring (which you should not) the problem of engorgement, will it not build up more
of the "politically incorrect" foremilk for the next feed, so you defeat your own argument?
It's a fascinating situation - as if we are trying to emulate the formula manufacturers by making breastfeeding more "technical" to suit the "technophiles". Give me a break!