Nursing Mom Jo Johnson (@jojohnsonoverby) had over 15 million views and 15,000 comments when she uploaded the images to her account.
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ICT Tac mum Jo claims no one warned her that breast milk could come in a ‘variety of colors’.
As she demonstrates in her video, sometimes her milk looks completely normal, and other times it came out a shocking pink – something she had no idea was possible.
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According to Amy Peterson, board-certified lactation consultant and member of the Forbes Health Advisory Board, breast milk can come in a wide range of colors – such as shades of green, yellow, pink and even black – for a wide range of reasons.
“Variations in breast milk color come from the mother’s diet, certain medications or herbs she ingests, or medical conditions or infections,” says Peterson.
Highly pigmented foods, such as beets, can cause pink milk, but also a medical problem.
“Breast milk may be pink due to a small amount of blood in the milk, either inside the breast or from an injured nipple, or pink may be a sign of an infection (Serratia Marcescens),” says Peterson.
Pink milk could also be a symptom of pregnancy, according to Peterson. “Becoming pregnant again sometimes causes ‘rusty pipe syndrome,’ where some blood mixes with the milk due to increased vascularity during pregnancy. This is the first symptom of pregnancy for some moms.
Jo states in the video that her blood-stained milk is safe for her baby drink – and Peterson agrees.
“Pink milk caused by small amounts of blood is considered safe for babies use. It only takes a tiny amount of blood to turn breast milk pink, and most babies digest it easily. Larger amounts of blood in the milk can cause a baby to regurgitate, in which case a mother might consider expressing her milk to support milk supply until the milk returns to normal,” says Peterson. .
However, it is important to monitor the situation and consult your doctor if symptoms persist.
“Bright red milk and/or pink milk along with symptoms of infection warrant a visit to a health care provider,” says Peterson. “Pink milk unrelated to diet, which does not resolve within days, may also warrant a visit to a health care provider to rule out infection.”
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