What Color is Breast Milk? Mommies, This is What You Need to Know!

If you have decided to breastfeed your child, it is a must that you learn everything you need to know about breast milk- what color is breast milk (what’s normal and what’s not), why it changes color and many more. In this way, you will be able to have a better understanding of what you are feeding your baby.

As a mother, it was also important to me to understand how a breastmilk actually looks to make sure that my breastmilk is safe and healthy for my baby. That’s why I have decided to do some research about it, and I would like to share my discoveries with all the moms out there in this write-up.

Read on and let’s try to know more about what we’re feeding our babies!

What Color is Breast Milk?

Mother pumped breast milk from the breast

This is a common question that many mothers ask, so the first thing we need to know is what color is breastmilk. According to Verywell, breast milk comes in many colors. The typical color range from clear, white to bluish to tan, cream or yellowish and the color of breastmilk will depend on what type of milk comes out of your breast.

The first type of milk that you will produce is called the colostrum. This is the first breast milk that your body creates, and it is the most concentrated and highly nutritious of them all. Colostrum usually comes as a thick yellow or orange liquid because of the amount of beta-carotene that it contains. It may also occur as a thin and clear liquid.

The second type of milk that you will have is called the foremilk which is the type of breast milk that first comes out at the start of your pumping session. This milk appears as a thin white to bluish liquid.

The third type of milk is called the hindmilk which is the breast milk that your baby will get at the end of the feeding session. You can easily differentiate it from the foremilk as this one comes as a thick creamy liquid with a yellowish or tan color.

Why Different Types of Breast Milk Have Different Colors? Know The Interesting Reason Behind It!

For sure, you will be wondering: “why different types of breast milk vary in color? Aren’t they supposed to look the same?” Well, here comes the interesting and amazing part.

The colors of the different types of breast milk are due to their content. In a study published in Clinical and Translational Immunology, it has been discovered that about 70% of the cells that colostrum has are infection-fighting white blood cells called leukocytes, giving it its white to bluish color.

On the other hand, foremilk is thinner and whiter than hind milk because it contains a lower amount of fat. As you continue to pump and feed your baby, the fat content in the breast milk increases, making it more concentrated and giving it its yellowish color, and creamy and thick texture.

What Are the Other Usual Colors of Breast Milk?

Aside from its nutritional content, there are also other factors that can affect the color of your breast milk. These factors include your diet, use of herbs, medication and other nutritional supplements. That is why there will be times when your breast milk to have varying tint and colors in addition to the ones that we have mentioned above.

So, what are the possible other colors of breast milk? Here are some of them:

GREEN

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PINK, ORANGE TO RED

You will notice a pink, orange to red tinge in your breast milk if you eat foods and fruits that are naturally these colors or contain dyes of the said colors. Some of the fruits and beverages that are most likely to turn your milk into these colors include beet, orange, and sodas.

There will also be times when blood gets to the breast milk due to cracked nipples. If this is the case, your milk will have reddish to pinkish streaks in it. A small amount of blood is not dangerous for the baby, and it will go away after a few days. If it persists for more than a week, that is the time to check with your doctor.

BROWN

There are times when the blood inside your breasts leaks to your milk, giving it a brown or rust color. This is called the rusty pipe syndrome. If your milk looks like a dirty water that came from a rusty old pipe, don’t worry. Again, a small amount of blood is harmless to your baby.

BLACK

Seeing a black colored breast milk can be scary, but it is not a cause for concern. Black breast milk is produced if you are taking the antibiotic called Minocycline. Please keep in mind, though, that taking this antibiotic is a big no-no when nursing so if you are taking it, you need to stop and seek for other alternatives right away.

Conclusion

Manual breast pump

So, what color is breast milk? The usual colors of breast milk are clear, white, bluish, tan, cream or yellowish. Sometimes, your breast milk will feature pink, orange to red, brown, black and green color but it does not cause for concern since these are brought about by the color of the food you eat and your use of medications, herbs, and supplements.

But if the change in color of your breast milk is accompanied by fever, pus discharge, and flu-like symptoms, it may indicate mastitis or any breast infection. Such conditions require antibiotic treatment so you should seek advice from your doctor right away.

Do you have any questions or feedbacks? If so, please feel free to share them with us in the comments section. I would love to talk to you there!

Lily Hayes
 

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Lily Hayes. I am a strong-willed woman who believes that motherhood is the greatest experience in this world. More...

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