Foremilk and Hindmilk in Pictures

If you’re thinking of breastfeeding, or already are, you’re likely to hear people talk about “foremilk” and “hindmilk.” The basic difference is that foremilk is the milk that the baby receives right when she starts nursing, and the hindmilk is the milk that she receives towards the end of feeding, as the breast begins to empty; foremilk has more water and less fat than hindmilk, as fat tends to be “stickier” and doesn’t travel as quickly through the breast. After reading a lot about it on the internet, I still had the impression that the body actually produced two distinctly different types of milk at different times, but it turns out that’s not the case. Whether or not your baby gets hindmilk all depends on how long the baby nurses on the same breast. If the baby is removed from the breast too soon, she’s getting mostly foremilk and doesn’t have to opportunity to get the more satisfying hindmilk. Without getting into too much more detail, if this happens often enough the baby can experience what’s called a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. You can read a lot more about it in this article by La Leche League if you’re interested.

Now the fun part. I had always heard that one’s milk can vary in color, but I didn’t know that one’s foremilk and hindmilk would be distinctly different colors until I finished pumping yesterday afternoon. I took a picture in case any soon-to-be-breastfeeding mommies were interested. Some might think it’s a bit too much information, but I think it’s pretty cool!

 

Difference of color between foremilk and hind milkPumped from the same breast, on the left is 2 oz. of foremilk, and on the right is 2 oz of hindmilk. Notice how the milk on the right just looks thicker? I feel like with a little more investigation, Alton Brown himself would be proud.

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Glamourmom vs. Bravado: Nursing Tank Showdown

It’s totally natural, and it’s totally convenient but breastfeeding does require a certain amount of finesse. From clothes designed specifically for the practice, to mechanical pumps to get the job done when you’re working the 9-5, there are hundreds of products available for eager mommies. But are they worth the money? I aim to answer that question with a series of product reviews, starting with this one: Glamourmom vs. Bravado, the Nursing Tank Show Down.

All nursing tank tops share one feature in common, and that’s their tell-tale detachable straps, designed for easy flip-down access. Both the Glamourmom and Bravado nursing tanks’ straps are detachable with one hand, so they both get As for ease of use. Onto their differences.

The Glamourmom tank’s shelf bra isn’t nearly as supportive as I had expected considering Glamourmom “is the revolutionary company who introduced the original Built-in Nursing Bra Tanks and Tops,” (taken off their twitter bio). And the straps themselves begin to stretch out as the day wears on, making the tank much lower cut at the end of the day (read: not very modest). The Glamourmom tank is clingy– almost form fitting– while the Bravado leaves a little extra room around the middle. Not enough room to consider it a about-to-pop-maternity tank, but enough that two weeks after delivery, it didn’t show off my postpartum muffin-top (hallelujah). So if you’re looking for a tank that’s a bit sexier, I’d go for the lower cut, clingier Glamourmom. If modesty is more your thing, and you don’t mind a little extra room to hide that postpartum belly, then the Bravado’s your girl.

My biggest complaint about he Glamourmom tank is that it has circles cut out of the interior shelf-bra (for feeding), which seems convenient, but you can see the outline of the holes through the front of the top! It makes my nipples look like two giant targets, which isn’t the kind of attention I’m looking for. The Bravado’s fabric is a bit thicker, making it feel more substantial and supportive overall (and no “nipple-targets”).

Because of the more structured and modest fit, I favor the Bravado nursing tank over the Glamourmom, with one caveat: you get what you pay for. At my local mommy-shop, the Bravado Essential Nursing Tank retails for $57.00. I actually laughed out loud when I saw the price tag. The Glamourmom retails for $40, which is still a lot amount of money for what amounts to a handy tank-top. (Hard to imagine that some intrepid Etsy-er hasn’t fashioned one of her own…)

I couldn’t stomach the $57 price tag, even though I love the Bravado tank, so I scoured the internet and found the Bravado tank on sale at mom4life.com for only $40.50 ($38.48 if you sign up for their newsletter and recieve 5% off)! Top that off with free shipping in the US and I was sold. I’ve ordered 4 Bravado Essential Nursing Tanks already, and I love love love them. I wear them literally every day. After dozens of washes they’ve only faded a little, and none of the stitching has come loose or ripped.

The Glamourmom Nursing Tank comes in a few varieties. I went with the generic “Glamourmom Nursing Tank” which goes for $26-$34 on mom4life.com (less with the 5% discount). I purchased three of them before I realized I didn’t favor the fit very much, so I just wear them as pajama tops, which they seem better suited for anyway. If you are a more brazen girl than me (more glam, if you will), you’ll probably love the Glamourmom tanks. Plus, they’re less expensive!

I only have 4 Bravado Essential Nursing Tanks, so if you have any others you’d suggest I’d try, let me know and I’ll pick some up and compare them to my Bravados. But for now the Bravado Essential Nursing tank is my one-and-only.

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