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Breast milk has a host of benefits for mum and baby – from helping with bonding, developing the child’s immune system and, of course, nourishment.
And, the magical liquid even adjusts its ingredients to help baby to develop and stay healthy which is why some refer to it as “liquid gold”, reports the Sun.
Now, a mum has shared a bonkers snap of her breast milk after she and her baby tested positive for Covid-19 – and it’s turned bright green.
In the photo mum-of-one Ashmiry shows her regular cream-coloured breast milk which she pumped before she and her daughter tested positive for the virus.
Next to the older breast milk was a pouch of her latest pumped milk which is a fluorescent green colour.
Ashmiry was shocked by the colour change, but happy as she believes it’s a sign that her body is flooding the milk with more nutrients to help her baby recover.
The mum shared the snap on Instagram last year and re-shared it this week to push the benefits of breastfeeding.
She said: “I really wanted to share this photo of my breast milk.
“It actually let me know something was going on in my body and my babies.
“How amazing is breast milk, it’s magical and I’m so thankful to be able to produce it especially now!
“The colour change indicates that my body is making exactly what Rubi needs!
“Antibodies, extra fatty and just pure goodness.”
And, she even admitted to drinking the milk herself when she was ill with coronavirus.
She explained: “I was so grateful at that time, that I was still nursing.
“Otherwise if not I would have not experienced that or seen what my body was able to do for Rubi.
“We all had some of that breast milk. I had my own breast milk.
“But hey I got better, I was tired of being sick, so I was thinking 'I’m going to drink some of that breast milk', and I did. I don’t know if it helped, who knows."
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The National Childbirth Trust stated: "Breastmilk constantly changes to meet your baby’s needs. It is responsive to changes in the mother’s diet, bacteria and viruses in the environment and the baby’s feeding behaviours."
Lactation consultants at Goldilacts said: “When lactating, our bodies are always doing full body scans of mama and baby and figuring out exactly what to put in breast milk for babies wellness.”
The green colour could be caused by an increased level of immunoglobulins, white blood cells and leukocytes which all help to fight infection, or, by eating a lot of green foods.
Breastmilk can turn blue as well as green, yellow, cream, brown and sometimes pink (although you should see your GP if it’s pink as this could be due to blood or bacteria).
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