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so i barrowed an electric pump from WIC to start a stash of EBM for emergencies and for times I really need a break from DS and get some total alone time. He hasnt taken a bottle yet, dosent understand the fake nipple..okay anyways. I was checking out my little baggy of milk about 4.5-5 oz and looking at the seperated milk fat, it was only about .5-1 oz. Is that what its supposed to be? This is a second time pumping and it was from both breast and I pumped until I couldnt get much more and my nipples hurt, i even took a break in<br>
between (had to tend to screaming toddlers i nanny). He has gained the approperate amount of weight so says the pedi, who is pretty crunchy and very trusted. but I still worry about milk fat and if ds is getting enough. I know there is a post on here about increasing milk fat so I gotta look that up. I am defentlly not making cream, maybe like low fat or 2% if that. maybe I need to drink more milk anyways I dont think I get enough fat in my diet which is funny cause I am pretty over weight.<br><br>
I have a pretty healthy diet, not a big junkfooder excpt sundays, and I do drink as much water as I should, I dont drink milk and I love coffee, i know i drink more than I should, i can cut to decaf i have no problem with that. DS nurses all the time, ahhaaa maybe he isnt getting enough fat thats why he nurses so much...about 10 + times a day at 4 mo. and all through out the night. I nurse him until he gets the let down then past that until he falls asleep or my nipples start to hurt which means not much is comming out. Okay anyone have some advice or comments...<br><br>
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What you can pump does not = what your child gets or what you can make.<br><br>
Watch the baby, not the pump, not the clock, not the pediatrician.
 

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back when I was pumping, some days I would get lots of fat, others less. It also depends what time of day you pump. If you pump in the evening, it's usually fattier milk (helps make the baby sleepy) and during the morning it's usually more water and less "cream" cause it's more of a thirst quencher.<br><br>
Our bodies are wonderful, aren't they? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I agree with the pp, don't worry about what you pump. You're feeding your baby just right!
 

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I think it would be very, very difficult to visually differentiate high fat vs. low fat content in human milk. The vast majority of the volume is water, so a big percentage difference in fat could be hard to see. Am I explaining what I mean well?<br><br>
I work out of the home part-time and pump while I'm away, and there's just a bit of fat at the top. The longer it sits, the thicker that top part looks.<br><br>
I would think that if you pumped almost 5 oz, that's gotta be a good combination of foremilk and hindmilk.
 

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i agree - don't worry about the fat. some days when i'd pump there'd be lots and other days there'd be little. if your baby is gaining and peeing, he's fine.<br><br>
and you don't make more milk by drinking more milk - that's an old wive's tale. just eat right and stay hydrated.
 

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Nursing 10x a day doesn't seem extreme. In my (limited) experience, there's a wide variability in how often kids nurse--my daughter, only when she was truly hungry, and then she ate til she was competely full, but my son likes small snacks. Growth and behavior are better indicators for whether they're getting what they need, and that sounds fine in your case.... And I'd go to kellymom.com to check me, but I don't think the fat in your milk is strongly correlated to your dietary intake--I think your body is able to take some of your fat stores and build them into the milk--thus, most of us gain some extra weight during pregnancy, to help with nursing the baby.
 
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