Theres no secret to the many benefits of breast milk which helps prevent against illness and disease, as well as being linked to higher IQs in children. In addition to that breast milk also helps reduce a mothers risk of developing breast cancer later in life.
However there’s still much about breast milk that continues to amaze many of us. A mother Jody Danielle Fisher from Britain proves that very fact a million times over this week after sharing a post on Facebook.
On 2 May, Fisher took to Facebook to share side-by-side photos of her breast milk — before and after her toddler was given a vaccination.
“Nancy had her 1 year injections on Tuesday afternoon,” Fisher wrote, before explaining that the one on the left, with “normal”-colored milk was from the day before she had them. You can clearly see on the right what she describes to be “blue”-colored milk, which was taken just two days after the injections.
The reason behind the sudden color change, Fisher says, is yet another example of how incredible breast milk truly is.
“It’s blue from all the antibodies my body is producing, as it thinks she’s sick with what she was vaccinated against!” she explained. “When she feeds, her saliva sends signals to my body to produce more milk with illness specific antibodies!”
Believe it or not, according to trusted breastfeeding source KellyMom, breast milk can actually change in a variety of ways for all sorts of reasons.
It can be sticky and yellow or thin and watery. It can even take on a hint of green, orange, or yes, even blue, if you’re drinking or eating foods with artificial dyes, such as Gatorade.
Though to this, Fisher notes in her post that she hadn’t recently eaten or drank anything with artificial dyes in it, which is why she doesn’t attribute the bluish color to anything other than her body’s production of antibodies. In fact, she says it only ever turns this color when her daughter is sick.
Either way, “the color of the milk is usually not anything to be concerned about,” KellyMom assures, “however it’s always good to check with a breastfeeding professional to be sure.”
The reason for all of this is that the composition of breast milk is constantly changing — not just throughout the day, but also during a feeding.
“As baby grows, breast milk continues to change to meet the needs for optimal growth, at each stage of baby’s development,” says KellyMom. “This means that mom’s breast milk at four months is perfectly suited to the needs of her four month old baby, and at six months, perfectly suited for her six month old.”
In other words: A mothers body knows exactly what her baby needs, which is incredible when you think about it. Fisher is proud of the fact that she’s managed to keep breastfeeding her daughter for 13 months.
“You don’t get all this goodness and nutrients from formula or cow’s milk!” she wrote. “Way to go boobies!” Now that her post has gone viral, though — with over 7.1K shares and counting — she’s received a mixture of praise and also backlash.
“Wow!!!” wrote one mother. “That is sooo cool! So many people just do things without really understanding what is happening! What an education you have decided to share! Good on you!”
It appears others weren’t so appreciative of Fisher’s well-meaning post. Like the many anti-vaxxers who came down on the mother for vaccinating in the first place.
Fisher updated her post to reiterate that her photos were actually to compare what the vaccines were doing exactly what they’re meant to — introducing a weakened version of the illness to force your body into making the antibodies it needs to “heal” itself.
“Don’t come on my post preaching about not having vaccinations and them [being] poisonous,” Fisher snaps back, before adding, “I hope your child(ren) never become ill with anything serious or doesn’t pass it on to a poor baby waiting to have their immunizations because you don’t believe in vaccinations!”
Anti-vaxxers weren’t felt Fisher was inadvertently shaming others that choose not to breastfeed, or unable, due to physical conditions.
“I’m by no way shaming formula, I formula-fed my 1st, and combi-fed my second and third,” shared Fisher. “I was merely showing what women’s bodies can do … and this is one of the reasons I’m still breastfeeding at 13 months, as I’m often questioned as to why I’m still doing so.”
Irrespective of the reason for the color change, you simply can’t argue that the photos show just how adaptable and responsive breast milk is.
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