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    Exclamation Help! Green milk!

    How on earth does this happen? Do I have SCURVEY or something?

    My mom feeds my baby EBM while I'm at work...Yesterday she called me to tell me that one of the bags I gave her was full of GREEN milk. I had just pumped it that morning...I actually pumped twelve ounces, so I had two 6 oz. bags...One was green and one wasn't. What on earth could cause this? I use the Medela sealed, sterile bags...I haven't been eating a lot of spinach or anything...

    Should I be worried?

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    I think it just looks like that....mine does esp when its more foremilk than hind. The hind is creamy white but if there is a lot of fore it does have a greenish hue to it.
    karin

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    BF~PTCD'ing~ co-sleeping~ babywearing~organic eating mom to adorable anneliese 9/27/06 and sweet little melania 12/22/07
    and mom to my first love.... 3 fur babies

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    When there is more foremilk present mine looks blueish so I don't think there is any reason to worry. If concerned just dump it. I know horrible thing to think of but depends on what you are comfortable with.

    Melissa

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    lol. ditto the blue milk.

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    I don't have a clue but I am so jealous of your pumping out 12 oz at a time! You're my bf hero! LOL!!

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    Quote Originally Posted by Juniper20 View Post
    I don't have a clue but I am so jealous of your pumping out 12 oz at a time! You're my bf hero! LOL!!

    Ha! I know, the girls at work make fun of me. I'm a milk machine. I guess the volume of my milk might have something to do with my 300lb baby, eh?

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    Quote Originally Posted by rubysmama View Post
    Ha! I know, the girls at work make fun of me. I'm a milk machine. I guess the volume of my milk might have something to do with my 300lb baby, eh?
    Maybe because its green....

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    Maybe because its green....

    It's Hulk-milk

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    Smile Re: Help! Green milk!

    ditto the blue milk here too.

    Food can also change the color of breast milk. I ate too many carrots a few weeks ago (1 pound in one day - I was craving them) and my milk came out tinted slightly orange. I have also had blue tinted milk after drinking a lot of blue gatoraid! At first, I thought the milk had gone bad inside my breast at first but a LLL leader told me that milk can not go be inside our breast!!

    Here are a few LLL links:
    What's making my milk that strange color? http://www.llli.org/FAQ/color.html

    Visual Characteristics of Human Milk http://www.llli.org/NB/NBJulAug98p109.html
    Samantha: born 3 1/2 weeks early on Sept 2006 6lbs 4 oz 18 inches long with situs inversus totalis. Now a strong healthy little girl that wants to be a NICU doctor, loves her little sister and breastfeeds her dolls!
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 2,200 oz
    Alexandra: born 3 weeks early on July 2010 7lbs 8 oz 19.5 inches long.
    Milk donated with while nursing first LO: 1,200


    For information on becoming a Breastmilk Donor http://hmbana.org/index/donatemilk

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    Default Re: Help! Green milk!

    My LO usually nurses on just one side. So the first time I pump after this I'll typically get bluish (and sometimes a little greenish) "skim milk" from the other breast and much thicker looking "whole milk" from the breast that had been nursed on. I'll also get a couple more ounces from the other breast that LO didn't nurse from.

    Some of this info about how milk is produced may help:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/milkproduction.html

    LOVE the comment about "hulk milk"!
    Lynn
    DS1: bf 7/2006 -> 4/2009; multiple food allergies
    DS2: bf 9/2009 -> ???
    ; multiple food allergies
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