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The Composition of Breast Milk Over Time


What are the changes in the composition of breast milk over time? Prof. Chen will introduce breastmilk composition.

In general, fat in breast milk seems to change the most. The colostrum, the milk produced by the mother immediately after giving birth, has higher fat content. Fat can make the babies feel full.

Besides that, there’s also a difference in composition between foremilk and hindmilk. Foremilk means the milk from the first 15-20 minutes of breastfeeding every time and hindmilk refers to the breast milk after 15-20 minutes. The greatest difference between foremilk and hindmilk is the content of fat will be increased. In the final part, Prof. Chen will explain the difference in the mineral comparing chart. She will explain the reason why breast milk has lower iron.

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Nutrition: Eating to Live Well

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