Newborn babies under the age of 6 months may only be given Breast Milk as the main food. However, breast milk that comes out from each mother’s nipples varies, depending on the food and drinks consumed by breastfeeding mothers. Actually, what is the color of healthy breast milk? If the color changes, what are the causes?
Healthy And Normal Color Changes In Breast Milk
As a mother, you will realize that the color of breast milk changes. Sometimes it is yellowish white, white, brown, green, and also pink. This condition can occur for one day or even more, and can make you worry. For that, you must understand well what normal color changes in Breast Milk.
During the first few weeks after birth, the composition, amount, and color of breast milk can change quickly. There are several stages of breast milk color changes experienced by nursing mothers, including:
Colostrum is the first breast milk produced after giving birth and only occurs in the first few days. Breast milk is initially clear, like white water which will then be yellowish or orange white.
The yellowish or orange color of colostrum indicates that Breast Milk is rich in beta-carotene. Although the amount is small, this type of breast milk is highly nutritious; rich in antibodies and white blood cells that help your child’s immune system in fighting infection.
Transitional Breast Milk
After a few days the colostrum is removed, production and the amount of breast milk increases. Breast Milk which is originally yellowish or orange will turn white. This type of breast milk is called transitional breast milk, the color changes in breast milk will occur in about 2 weeks.
Mature Breast Milk (Adult)
After passing through the transition period, Breast Milk will become more mature and perfect. However, this change in mature breast milk has several colors, depending on how much fat is contained, such as:
- Foremilk. This type of breast milk is slightly clear and bluish. This color indicates that breast milk has a fairly low fat content.
- Hindmilk. The more milk is milked, the fat content in Breast Milk will continue to increase. The appearance of milk will look like milk in general, which is white or yellowish white.
Normal Color Changes In Breast Milk
Besides being white or yellowish white, breast milk can change color due to certain food intake factors such as supplemental supplements, medicines, or herbal medicine. Substances contained in these additional foods not only affect the color of urine, but also Breast Milk.
Although sometimes it makes you surprised and worried, abnormal color changes in breast milk do not endanger your child. Some discoloration of breast milk is not normal and generally occurs in breastfeeding mothers, including:
Breast Milk Is Greenish
Breast milk that turns green becomes a sign that the mother consumes a lot of foods that contain green coloring, like eating lots of spinach or seaweed. It can also be from soft drinks and energy drinks that contain fat soluble vitamins.
Breast Milk Is Thick Yellow Or Pink
Breast milk that is pink or red indicates that the mother is eating foods or drinks that contain red, yellow or orange coloring. For example, the mother eats beetroot red or curry.
Breast Milk Is Brown Or Bloody
Breast milk can turn brown because it is mixed with blood. Usually this condition occurs in the mother who has a wound on her nipple. Fortunately, a little blood in breast milk does not harm the baby and will return to normal within a few days.
Breast Milk Is Black
Although rare, breast milk can also turn black. This condition occurs due to breastfeeding mothers using Minocyccline antibiotics. In addition to changing the color of breast milk, this antibiotic can also cause darker skin color in certain areas. For this reason, the use of this drug should be avoided by nursing mothers.
Breast Milk Stored in The Refrigerator
For nursing mothers who work, usually breast milk will be milked and stored in bottles. Breast milk stored in the refrigerator can change color, so yellow the top and bluish at the bottom of the bottle. Although the color changes, the quality of ASI remains good. Changes in the color of breast milk occur because the silent bottle makes the fat content rise upwards.
Should I Go to The Doctor When Breast Milk Changes Color?
If changes in Breast Milk are caused by what you eat, it doesn’t matter. However, if you are still in doubt, consulting a doctor can be the solution. If tanned breast milk continues to occur for more than one week, you should immediately do a further examination with your doctor. Always ask your doctor about certain drugs during breastfeeding, because it can reduce the amount and change the color of breast milk.