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    Breastfeeding: Hindmilk

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    Hindmilk makes up the last two-thirds of the milk in each breast. It contains more fat than the rest of the milk, called foremilk, so it is rich in calories and nutrients. It is important for babies to breastfeed long enough on one breast to get the hindmilk.

    To get to the hindmilk, breastfeeding (or pumping) should continue on one breast until it is emptied. This usually requires at least 10 to 20 minutes of breastfeeding per breast.

    Other Places To Get Help


    La Leche League International
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Women's Health

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    Current as ofMay 30, 2016

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