Did you know that the composition of your breast milk changes throughout the day to adapt to your baby’s needs? It’s more than just a meal – it’s also a clock that provides time-of-day information to your growing baby.
Morning milk is often higher in volume, containing more water and less fat, as well as higher levels of cortisol – a hormone that promotes alertness.
You may notice that when you pump at night, you don’t pump as much volume as your morning session. This is because evening breast milk is higher in fat and melatonin to help promote sleepiness in your baby.
Pro tip – label your pumped breast milk Easy Store with the time of day you originally pumped your milk and try to feed it to your baby around the same time. The hormones in your milk help your baby’s internal clock regulate and you may benefit from a better sleeper!