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February 26, 2019
Our bodies are fascinating wonders, and one of the mysteries is how things we touch and taste can change how we look, as well as the look of things our bodies produce. And it should come as no surprise, breast milk is no exception to that rule.
I like to tell the moms I work with that, “If it can change the color of your urine, your tongue, or your clothes, it can probably change the color of your milk.”
But with most things, the reasons behind breast milk changes color are multi-faceted and unique to each mom. But there are some things to remember when you are trying to decide what’s normal, and what isn’t.
As previously discussed, if it can stain your clothes, your tongue, or change the color of your urine, it can also temporarily tint your breast milk! Things like:
If you know you’ve eaten something healthy with a potent pigment and it shows in your breast milk within the next 24 hours, congratulate yourself for a healthy diet! If however you have not eaten something that corresponds with the (mild) changes you see, you or baby present with digestive upset or any other disruptive or disconcerting symptoms, or anything else doesn’t seem to match up with your or your babies presentation or observations, make sure you reach out for lactation and medical support right away to get all your questions answered.
Leah DeShay Leah graduated from La Sierra University and it was during her undergraduate studies that she found her passion for women’s health care. She completed her post-baccalaureate work in Lactation at the University of California, San Diego, holds a CLEC (Certified Lactation Educator Counselor certificate, and is an IBCLC (Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant).