A picture of two bottles of breast milk has gone viral after a Birmingham mother shared them on her social media profile. She claims that her breast milk changed colour two days after her child got vaccinated. The woman Jody Danielle Fisher claimed that it was proof that her breast milk changed colour due to antibodies produced by her body. “It’s blue from all the antibodies my body is producing as it thinks she’s sick with what she was vaccinated against!” she writes in her Facebook post.
In the picture, Jody placed two bottles of breast milk side by side. And the colour difference between the two is discernible. The bottle on the left is a normal off-white colour and the one on the left is bluish. Breastfeeding Benefits: Why Breast Milk Is The Best Food Mothers Can Give Their Babies.
Here’s the Viral Facebook Post:
She writes that the bottle on the left contained breast milk expressed on the day her one-year-old was vaccinated. And on the right is milk that was taken two days after the vaccination.
Jody claims that the blueish shade points to the presence of antibodies in the breast milk. She says that her body detected the presence of the virus in her baby after the vaccination and intuitively created antibodies to fight the pathogen, which turned the milk blue. World Breastfeeding Week 2018: How To Store Breast Milk Correctly.
Vaccines are basically dead or weakened strains of pathogens that are injected into the body. When the germs are introduced, the body’s immune response gets triggered and it starts producing antibodies to fight the germs.
But since the pathogens are already weakened or dead, they can’t pose a big threat to the body. And on the plus side, your body gains the necessary antibodies to fight the said germs in case of a potential exposure in the future.
Jody mentions in her post that the child’s saliva on her nipples sent signals to her body to produce antigens for the germs. And this, according to her, made her breast milk turn blue.
While her post was well-intentioned and meant to promote both vaccination and breastfeeding, it wasn’t exactly scientific, according to experts.
Australian obstetrician Dr Andrew Pesce said that the bluish colour of her breast milk was more likely due to food dyes or deep-coloured vegetables and less due to antibodies.
UK based gynaecologist Ian Currie concurred, telling Yahoo.UK that a change in the colour of breast milk is due to changes in the mom's diet.
Experts also said that nutritional supplements containing algae or spirulina can turn the breast milk green or even blueish.
Sometimes, if the milk is thinner, it appears blue. But that's just simple physics.
After her post gained traction, she went on to refute the claims that she ate coloured foods. However, many women commented in agreement, sharing pictures of their breast milk after their child fell sick.