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Breastfeeding and COVID: green milk alerts mum to the diagnosis

A mum has shared how the color of her breast milk alerted her to the fact that she had COVID.

CPR Children shared the mum’s story in which she revealed she needed a few days to let her “brain figure out what happened last week”.

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“Three out of four family members tested positive for COVID-19 in my home, Jesse, Rubi and myself,” the mother explained.

“I really wanted to share this photo of my breast milk! In fact, it let me know that something was going on in my body and in my babies.

The mother’s story was shared by CPR Kids. Credit: CPR for kids/Instagram

The attached photo showed two bags of breastmilk – one creamy in color and the second distinctly green in color.

“How amazing breast milk is, it’s magical and I’m so grateful to be able to produce it, especially now!” wrote the mother.

“The color change indicates that my body is producing exactly what Rubi needs! Antibodies, extra fat and just pure goodness.

By sharing the post, CPR Children – a page that helps parents learn how to help children confidently in an emergency – said it was contacted by “worried” mothers asking for advice on whether it was safe to breastfeed with COVID.

Archive image of a breastfed baby.
Archive image of a breastfed baby. Credit: Getty

According to Queensland Health, breastfeeding is supported in women with COVID and there are no reports showing the virus is present in breast milk.

However, as COVID is easily transmitted from person to person through close contact, additional precautions are recommended.

“Your decision to breastfeed may involve thinking about your baby’s health, how healthy you are, and whether you are healthy enough to care for your baby,” the department says in a fact sheet.

Generally, breastfeeding helps protect against many illnesses, but if you have COVID and want to breastfeed Queensland Health recommends:

  • Wash your hands before and after touching your baby – use soap and water for 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitizer/gel.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect the surfaces you have touched.
  • Wear a mask in case of close contact, including while breastfeeding.
  • If possible, ask a healthy adult to help care for your baby.