Breast milk changes to meet your baby’s needs. The changes occur both internally and externally. As the milk increases, the beast sizes too do likewise. Hence, no cause for alarm in most cases.
During the first week of birth, the milk-making cells, and the way they connect to one another, adjust for ongoing breastfeeding.
The first milk you produce when you start breastfeeding is extremely nourishing for your newborn. The first milk is called colostrum and it produces thick, honey-textured packed with immunological components that protect your newborn. “It’s basically like a baby’s first vaccination.”
Colostrum is easy to digest and more importantly, it plays a crucial role in building the immune system as it is tailored to the specific need of the newborn.
After the first few days of colostrum, the production of breast milk increases and your body begins to make transitional milk which brings you to the mature milk stage.
The next major change begins when your child hits the toddler years. The volume of milk you produce declines, which concentrates the immunological components. “The milk starts to decrease because babies are eating and drinking other foods, so it develops more antibodies and higher fat content.
According to experts, breastmilk changes throughout the day and night. Many nursing women notice greater volume and faster flow in their breastmilk in the early hours of the day,
My breastmilk has changed colour
This is absolutely normal. The breastmilk might have slight variation such as pink, orange, yellow, cream, red, rusty, bluish, green or black. These changes are largely dependent on your diet.
A medical expert noted that medicine can alter the colour of the breastmilk, especially an antibiotic called minocycline can even turn it black.
Has your breast checked by a lactation specialist or doctor if you are concerned about the colour? The red colour might indicate that there is blood in your milk.
The expert further said that “If there isn’t any nipple pain or damage but mom’s milk has blood in it, I might be worried about other things happening in the mother’s breast,” explains Pickett.
“I’d want her to see a doctor and be sent for an ultrasound because sometimes cancers and other things can cause blood to come through the milk.”
My breastmilk has changed taste/flavour
Omg! How in the world did you know? That’s on a lighter note. The composition of your breast is a result of the foods you eat. The foods you eat change the flavour of your breasts.