A woman’s photo of her breast milk is going viral for a very interesting reason, and it’s not because the two bags are different colors.
In a post she shared on Facebook, Ashlee Chase shared a photo and a simple caption as the answer to why she still breastfeeds her 7-month-old daughter.
Chase noticed that her breast milk was two different colors.
The bag of white breast milk is from when Chase nursed a healthy baby, and the bottom bag of breast milk that has a yellow tint to it is from three days later, when her daughter was sick.
Chase told Yahoo Lifestyle that she initially thought something was wrong with her when she noticed the yellow breast milk.
“I read before that your milk could change for different reasons, but I was so sleep-deprived that morning, I just thought there was something wrong with it,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.
There was nothing wrong with her breast milk.
But her breast milk didn’t change colors because of something going on inside her body, it changed because of something going on with her nursing daughter.
Chase said that her 7-year-old daughter had been home sick and it “knocked my 7-year-old out for a week,” but her baby only ended up with a runny nose and a slight fever the night before she noticed the change in her breast milk’s color.
The mother of two was slightly concerned so she called her daughter’s pediatrician who assured her that there was nothing wrong, in fact it was a good thing her breast milk changed colors.
The yellow tint was due to a higher concentration of antibodies and fat to help fight off infections.
Researchers, health experts, and lactation consultants attribute the change in color to an increase in antibodies in a mother’s milk.
Several studies have indicated that the backwash from a nursing baby affects a mother’s breast milk. One particular study published in the Clinical & Translational Immunology journal stated that when either a baby or mother gets sick the level of leukocytes, white blood cells, increases. It’s the increase in leukocytes, which are typically low, that helps a baby fight an infection.
We bet no one is asking Chase why she continues to breastfeed her 7-month-old after seeing this photo of different colored breast milk.