Breast Milk Is Not Always White

Various factors such as stage of milk, what you eat and breast milk storage could affect the colour of breast milk. Nourish your baby by maintaining a nutritious diet as this positively impacts the quality of your breast milk.


Normal during colostrum stage (first milk which is concentrated and highly nutritious). Foods such as turmeric can also produce a yellow tint.


Often the result of eating green foods or medication. Contact your doctor if it’s accompanied by symptoms of illness.


The most unusual colour (may be due to antibiotic/medication). Best to consult your doctor.


Mainly due to the foremilk composition, which is seen at the beginning of feeding.


Often the result of diet with red-coloured food/drinks. May also be from blood (due to cracked nipple), so contact your doctor if this colour persists.

Dr. Nurzarina Abdul Rahman
General Practitioner & Lactation Consultant
Klinik Famili Gravidities

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