Did you ever eat a lot of beetroot while breastfeeding?  Did you notice anything unusual about your breastmilk afterwards?

“Sooooo I ate A LOT of beetroot today and this was the end result…

Safe to say I nearly had a heart attack until I realised.”

Eating lots of beetroot can turn your breastmilk pink!

A mama (who has asked to not be named publicly) in Breastfeeders in Australia (our closed breastfeeding support group on Facebook) posted yesterday. During the course of the day, she’d drank a juice containing fresh beetroot, eaten a salad sandwich with beetroot, then continued her beetroot binge by finishing the rest of the tin of beetroot.

Her 16mo started acting unusually, pulling at her mama’s nipple and saying “more, more!”.  The stimulation caused some breastmilk to spray out.  Imagine mama’s shoc k when her milk was such a bright colour!  She began expressing to see if her milk continued flowing pinkand it did!  Then she remembered all the what she’d been eating and drinking!

How did members react?

After some encouragement from members, the mama tasted her breastmilk and said that while she wasn’t really familiar with the normal taste, it did taste very very sweet.

Some members were concerned the milk may have been coloured due to blood – a blockage or other damage to the mama’s breast. Mama was quick to confirm that it was not only her breastmilk that was pink, but also hers and her daughter’s urine!

Is it still safe for the baby to drink?

There was some concern expressed about whether this breastmilk would be safe for mama’s baby to consume.  The Australian Breastfeeding Association have this to say on their website:

“The colour of breastmilk varies. Colostrum is typically yellowish and mature breastmilk is typically bluish-white. However, there is a wide range of normal when it comes to the colour of breastmilk. Most mothers are unaware of the colour of their breastmilk, unless they express.”

They go on to explain that foods like beetroot, carrots, squash, pumpkin, leafy greens and seaweed and other foods with concentrated colour are known to affect the colour of breastmilk.

There are currently several members standing by for a report on the colour of stools.  We aren’t expecting any photos of that though!

Have you ever expressed unusually coloured breastmilk?