What you should learn about foremilk hindmilk imbalance

Foremilk hindmilk imbalance is one of the most common issues among women who are breast-feeding. The breast-feeding problems occur due to wrong information and misconceptions about how you should breastfeed. Excess colostrum produced before and after giving birth, causes it. Cole strum is always good for babies because it is rich in antibodies and nutrients. The condition occurs when a women allows her baby to breastfeed for a short while in every side of breast. It will cause the baby to fill up on foremilk hence causing high supply of lactose, which will cause gas, green foam and a burning stool.


Breast-feeding is good for the baby and the mother because it prevents ovarian cancer, diabetes, breast cancer and postpartum depression. While the baby will acquire good nutrients and eliminate diseases such as asthma, respiratory problems and diabetes

In order to avoid a situation mothers are advice to ensure and allow the baby to feed on one breast until it is empty before moving to the other breast. Doing so will ensure that the baby has receive both foremilk and hind milk. The hind milk is good because it will make the baby fill up for long and reduces explosive stools and colic symptoms. Allow your baby to feed when you have excess supply of milk. This will help to reduce fore milk imbalance problem.

High production or over supply of milk will cause your baby to fill up quickly with fore milk before the release of fatty hind milk. This will lead to baby experiencing lactose and lactase imbalance, leading to lack of enzyme use to break down lactose. The result will be too much lactose at a time and the baby will lack enough lactase responsible for digesting lactose.

The main difference between fore milk and hind milk is that foremilk is the first watery milk taken by the baby, which contains low fat content and high volume of lactose content. It acts as a thirsty quencher and is good for brain development and energy stimulation. While Hind milk helps in stimulating growth and development. It is high in cream and fat content and it is preserved in the cells use to make milk at the top of the breast.

Symptoms of foremilk Hind milk Imbalance:

  • Green foam and explosive stools with blood.
    • Gas, discomfort, and baby spiting all the time
    • Colic symptoms and rashes to acidic burning
    • Baby breast-feeding frequently without getting satisfied.
    • Mothers will experience the following breast becomes full all the time, painful and uncomfortable breast and it may cause mastitis infection.

    Preventive measures:

Mothers should only breastfeed using one breast until its empty then she will shift to the other breast. Also expressing the milk to feeding bottle until the breast becomes less full and tight is another remedy.

Another preventive measure is to ensure that babies are breastfeed from each separate side for 12 to 24 hours.

Mothers can reduce oversupply by taking sage tea and cabbage leaves.

Mothers should also breast feed frequently in order to reduce and relieve fore milk-hind milk imbalance. This is because taking too long to feed will lead to diluted breast milk and with left over milk will cause your baby to fill up fast before drinking fatty hind milk.