“It’s blood,” she said. “Baby can drink it, though.”
It’s true, according to Rachel Leibson, a nurse coordinator for Lactation Services at NYU Langone Health.
“Pink or light red milk is safe to feed your baby. Bright red milk caused by an active bleed is also safe, but it’s difficult to digest and might cause your baby to throw up,” Leibson told Today Parents.
According to Verywell Family, breast milk is usually yellow, white, cream, clear, tan or tinted blue. Different foods can give it different hues.
“Just like supplements high in riboflavin or B2 can tinge our urine green, it can also cause our breast milk to have a green tint,” Charity LaRae, a certified breastfeeding educator, told Romper. “Carotene (found in carrots, yams, and squash) can tint it yellow. Spinach, herbs, and seaweed can tint it (green).”
There are cases, however, when the color of breast milk indicates the need to see a doctor.
Continuing to see pink or red milk could mean an infection or breast cancer, according to Healthline. If your breast milk is black or brown, check with your doctor to ensure it’s safe to take medications and supplements while nursing.
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