Foremilk/Hindmilk imbalance?

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Foremilk/Hindmilk imbalance?

My nearly five week old daughter is having green frothy stools. I have done some research and I know that not getting enough hindmilk may be the issue. My question is, how do I know when my breast is empty of milk? I am one of those woman who can not feel letdown, essenitally anything in my breast except the nipple. Thanks in advance!

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I had this problem with some of my newborns early on in our breastfeeding relationship. The only way that I could address it was to feed as much as possible to a complete feeding on one breast and then alternate breasts between feedings. While initially, this may have you feeling lopsided, I found that my breasts quickly adjusted to our feeding patterns and worked out well.

How's Tessa doing?

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I'm very late to this but ITA with Missy. Let your baby fully drain each breast. Your baby will let you know when he is done! Give baby a burp and play funny faces for a minute or two, then put him back on the same breast. If, after a couple of sucks, he refuses the breast, try the other one. If baby pulls off again, he's full. If you find yourself getting confused about which breast you last fed on, try tucking a piece of brightly-colored ribbon into your bra on that side.

If baby seems to be "all done" before your breast is empty (try massaging it, you should be able to squirt something out or at least feel the lumps) then you can try pumping or hand expressing for a minute or two to get out some of the foremilk before putting baby to the breast. This is a PITA but you shouldn't have to do it for very long before your body starts adjusting to the new routine. Good luck!