Should new moms worry if their breast milk changes color?
Mom Anna revealed on social media that her breast milk had turned green after she contracted COVID. While she was at the peak of her illness she pumped and discovered her milk had turned bright green. Her doctor told her it was likely due to antibodies from the virus and it was safe to continue to breastfeed.
Pediatrician Dr. Dafna Ahdoot echoes this advice explaining when a mom is sick, or when her baby is sick, the body will produce antibodies and white blood cells to fight the infection, which can change the color of the milk.
She says breastmilk can also change color based on what a nursing mom eats and drinks (especially if the foods are green in color) and moms with mastitis (an inflammation of breast tissue that sometimes involves an infection) may also see the color can change.
What about new moms who are sick with COVID or have been recently vaccinated, should they still breastfeed their babies? Dr. Ahdoot says the CDC and the World Health Organization recommend moms who have COVID or received the vaccine continue to breastfeed through their illness.