The worried mum shared a photo of her breast milk on social media after it turned a disturbing bright pink colour…

Sharing a photo to the Facebook group Breastfeeders in Australia, a concerned mum has revealed her horror after discovering her breast milk had turned pink. The mum says she was feeding her sixteen-month-old daughter when the little girl began to fuss and she noticed that the milk looked different.

A Surprising Discovery

After noticing that her milk was pink in colour, the mum expressed some into a bottle just to make sure which confirmed the unusual hue. Thinking about what she had eaten that day, the mum realised that there was a simple explanation. “Soooo I ate A LOT of beetroot today and this was the end result,” she shared alongside her post. “Safe to say I nearly had a heart attack until I realised!” The mum admitted she had consumed a beetroot juice, a salad and beetroot straight from the can, turning not only her breast milk but her and her daughter’s urine a brilliant shade of pink.

No Cause For Concern

The mum said that the milk not only looked different but also had a sweeter flavour than normal. The Australian Breastfeeding Association says that the milk is safe to drink, and has no negative impact on the child, but advises that any unexplained colour change be reported to a GP to rule out more serious conditions.

We’re pretty sure that this mum is just relieved that there is a simple and relatively harmless explanation!

Have you experienced a ‘colour change’ as a result of something you’ve eaten? Let us know in the comments!

  • Interesting! I don’t recall ever seeing my milk change colour. I guess baby wasn’t fond of beetroot, fussing away.

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  • I’m sure it all relates to what she has been eating. Maybe she had some beetroot or some red cordial – it does change the colours of your milk

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  • Definitely would have given her a fright. I’ve noticed my toddlers bowel movements change colour with too much beetroot and too much food colouring in a birthday cake – that was a shock until I realised why.

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  • Wow, that must have been a lot of beetroot!

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  • That would be scary, never saw any changes in the colour of milk but still get a shock when I go to the bathroom after eating lots of watermelon!

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  • Oh yes….and it was from my blood!
    I had a breast abscess and was in hospital for 10 days trying to clear it up with antibiotics, and was close to needing surgery.
    A horrendous lactation midwife told me it was perfectly fine to feed it to my baby.
    I didn’t take her advice.
    And that is why I am scarred from breastfeeding my first baby, and went straight to formula for my second.

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  • Wow, whilst I can imagine this would have been horrific — who knew beetroot could do this?

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  • Oh my gosh, shock horror moment.

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  • My husband grew a lot of beetroot. Apart from bottling some we would also eat some as soon as it was cooked. Needless to say when you went to the toilet everything was a deep red. And yes, it worried us at first too until we realised what it was. Didn’t stop us though.

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  • must have been a lot of beetroot!

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  • Wow, who would have thought what we eat can effect the colour of our breastmilk!

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  • A good reminder of why you shouldn’t eat too much of any one thing.

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  • Baby certainly would no be lacking iron. Beetroot has a very high iron content, probably way to high for a baby.

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  • No never colour changes in my milk, did have to stop having bran for breakfast as my son was having too many dirty nappies for a two week old baby.
    My brother (9) years ago became really sick and was bringing up a lot of red stuff. Yes beetroot was the reason for the colour plus the chocolates his sisters (8, 12 & 13) had brought him. Dad and mum took the rest of the chocolates (liqueurs) for themselves and mum was glad it was not blood being brought up. That would had wreaked Christmas Day.

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  • That’s cool, no my milk didn’t change colour

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