You wanted to know why your breast milk looks watery. And it’s very normal for breast milk to have a watery bluish hue, especially if it was breast milk that was just recently pumped and you didn’t pump for very long. The fat content of breast milk is going to vary and depend on whether or not it was fore-milk or hind-milk. Fore-milk is very watery and it hydrates your baby. It’s still full of lots of good things, but the fatty breast milk is found at the end of a baby’s feeding in the hind-milk. So basically, the fuller the breast, the lower the fat content is, generally speaking, and the more empty the breast is, the higher the fat content. And a lot of women want to know if they can increase the fat content in their milk by eating fattier foods. And research has shown that that doesn’t really affect it. It may affect the types of fats that are found in the mother’s breast milk, but not necessarily the amount. None of us like to watch the scale go up when we’re pregnant, but the extra fat that your body puts on during pregnancy is used to make good breast milk for your baby later, so healthy nutrition is important during pregnancy as well as after.
To maintain a good milk supply, be sure to eat 400 to 500 extra calories a day while breastfeeding if you’re exclusively breastfeeding your baby. But make these calories count. If you think about it, an apple is about 100 calories compared to a handful of chips. We all know that the apple is going to give us better nutrition – that’s for you and for your baby. So focus on eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean protein, and healthy fats. Also take a prenatal vitamin, and at the end of the day, as long long as your baby is happy, healthy, and gaining the appropriate amount of weight, whatever you’re making for your baby is sufficient. If you have concerns about it, talk with your pediatrician. And if you have more questions for me in the future, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/IntermountainMoms, and recommend us to your friends and family too.