Mum reveals her breastmilk went GREEN when she got Covid but insists it’s still safe for her baby
- A mum has revealed how her breastmilk changed colour when she got Covid
- The milk went from bright white to green – alerting her that something was off
- The young mum and her two children then tested positive to the disease
- Health experts say it is safe to breastfeed your babies while you are infected
A mum’s shown how her breastmilk changed dramatically after she was exposed to Covid-19 – as health experts reveal it is safe for infected mums to breastfeed.
Ashmiry shared two photos showing her breastmilk before and after she came down with Covid – pointing out the huge change in colour and consistency of her supply.
She said the change in the colour of her milk let her know something was wrong with herself and her children – shortly after they tested positive to the virus.
‘The color change indicates that my body is making exactly what Rubi needs. Antibodies, extra fatty and just pure goodness,’ she wrote alongside the pictures.
A mum’s shown how her breastmilk changed dramatically after she was exposed to Covid-19 – as health experts reveal it is safe for infected mums to breastfeed
‘How amazing is breastmilk, it’s magical and I’m so thankful to be able to produce it especially now,’ she wrote.
The post was shared by CPR KIDS, a child-focused first aid group on Facebook where it quickly became the major talking point of the day.
The health experts said they had been inundated with messages from concerned mums wondering if they could breastfeed their children while sick with the disease.
‘The COVID-19 virus has not been found in breastmilk, but can easily be passed between people. Speak to your midwife or GP for advice specific to your situation and make the choice you are comfortable with,’ they wrote alongside the mother’s incredible photo.
Many of the page’s followers appeared to support the woman’s choice to breastfeed.
‘Antibodies in breastmilk protecting babies since literally the dawn of time,’ one woman wrote.
One mum said she started to breastfeed again after her baby became sick with Covid.
‘When my 15-month-old returned a positive Covid test, I felt it was best to let her have as much momma milk as she wanted,’ she wrote.
‘Her symptoms were so mild, and I managed to avoid getting sick (double vaxxed). I 100% believe that breastfeeding helped my baby get better and gave my body the heads up to avoid the virus myself,’ she added.
Ashmiry shared two photos showing her breastmilk before and after she came down with Covid – pointing out the huge change in colour and consistency of her supply
While others pointed out breastfeeding was far from a ‘magic bullet’.
‘The antibodies are limited to IgA though, which doesn’t translate to respiratory protection or immunity in the blood, mum should be really careful,’ one woman warned.
Others said they would be anxious giving the off-coloured milk to their children based on its appearance.
‘It looks like a dodgy cocktail,’ one mum wrote.
IS IT SAFE TO BREASTFEED IF YOU ARE COVID POSITIVE?
If you want to breastfeed, this will be supported. There are no reports showing the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) is present in breastmilk. Breastmilk is best for almost all babies. Breastfeeding helps you and your baby bond together. It also helps protect your baby against infection. Your decision to breastfeed may involve thinking about your baby’s health, how sick you are and whether you are well enough to care for your baby. Your healthcare team will discuss your individual situation and feeding options with you.
The COVID-19 virus has not been found in breastmilk. However, COVID-19 is easily passed from person to person through close contact. Additional precautions are recommended while in close contact with your baby.
What precautions are recommended?
If you have COVID-19, it is important to do everything you can to prevent your baby getting the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.
This is why it is very important that you:
• wash your hands before and after touching your baby–use soap and water for 20 seconds or alcohol-based hand sanitiser/gel
• routinely clean and disinfect surfaces you have touched
• wear a mask while in close contact including while breastfeeding
• have a healthy adult assist you to care for your baby where possible
Source: Queensland Health
While others revealed their breastmilk ‘looks green’ when they include lots of green vegetables into their diet.
‘Mine looks exactly like this after I have green smoothies,’ one woman said.
Others said they found the transformation ‘fascinating’.
‘It is so cool what the human body can do,’ one woman said.
Queensland authorities recommend extra precautions be taken when breastfeeding when positive with the virus.
Their list of recommendations include washing hands often, disinfecting ‘high touch’ surfaces and wearing a mask while in close contact – including when breast feeding.
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