Childhood Diseases

Posted by: portia | 2012/05/03


breastmilk changing colour

hi there

i have a 4 month old son whom I''v been exclusively breastfeeding, until i returned to work yesterday.
Before i came back to work i started him on formula for 2 weeks, i.e Novalac, but I had noticed that my breast milk has changed from white to pale almost like its watered down.

is this normal, is there something wrong in my diet?


Expert's Reply



This is common and is just temporary. Yor breastmilk has probably returned to normal already.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/05/03

Its quite normal.

It depends whether you expressed just before a feed, just after, instead of a feed, how long the milk has been standing, what time of day you expressed and so on.

Sometimes the things we eat and drink can colour our milk a bit as well.

Its perfectly fine for your baby to drink.

When its been standing in the fridge overnight or longer, the milk will separate, it will mostly be a very watery looking blue, with a thin or thick layer of cream on top.

Milk composition also changes from hour to hour, during a feed or while you are expressing and from day to day, so your milk will look different at different times.

Cow and goat and sheep and horse milk also does this. With cows milk, we don''t see this as the milk is homogenised, so it doesn''t separate.

The caregiver should gently swirl (not shake) the milk to get it to mix again. She doesn''t have to, as baby can drink it as is, but some people prefer to mix it.

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