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what color/shade should a good quality breast milk be?

more white or more yellow?
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Color can change from person to person and even from one pumping to the next.
kellymom.com has good info on this subject.

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thanks....I just know with my other children, most of the time my milk was really lack luster for the most part.....meaning it was just a very pale watery white....which I believe was because of lack of fat in it...which would explain why they were not gaining weight well...but yet still had good nutrition.

with this one so far it seems more yellow ...but of course it is probably a mix of colostrum as well......my milk just came in yesterday or the day before.

I was just curious what to look for in healthy milk. I know with my other kids, my milk did not seem overly healthy looking. Just so pale...
I am aiming for more fatty milk this time so we do not have weight gain issues like in times past.
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Yes, colostrum is usually more yellow.
FWIW, mine's usually a pale watery bluish color. :P

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mine is very white/yellow and dense. You can tell how much fat is in it by letting it sit in a bottle in the fridge overnight. the cream will rise to the top I eat so much fat that sometimes in a three oz bottle there will be 1/2 an ounce or more layer of fat on top!
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mine is very white/yellow and dense. You can tell how much fat is in it by letting it sit in a bottle in the fridge overnight. the cream will rise to the top I eat so much fat that sometimes in a three oz bottle there will be 1/2 an ounce or more layer of fat on top!
what fat do you eat?

I am a vegetarian....so I do not get fat from meat.
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Two good sources of fat for vegetarians are avocados and coconut milk.
Mmmm.. curry.

And, btw, my milk was green the other day. Not sure what I ate (I don't eat food colouring so that's out) but... yeah.


ETA: Oh yeah! There *is* food colouring in my thyroid med!

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Milk can be any color - Kellymom does have good info. Mine is white with a yellow tinge and the fat content varies by how much I eat. I actually eat a TON of fat (all kinds other than animal - for a vegetarian anything BUT meat.) Avocado, coconut, and olive oil are very healthy fats. Since you are vegetarian you can eat eggs, which have fat and protein. Heck, I even eat potato chips with lunch every day to keep up my fat content to keep it up in my milk. I can see a difference when I drop the amount of fats I eat.

Watery sounds like maybe you were seeing a lot of foremilk and not hindmilk? Hindmilk is much fattier, so if you were only pumping (or expressing) for a short time you might have only been getting foremilk. I know a momma who's foremilk is clear - like watery lemonade, but her LO is gaining fine.
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thanks for the great info everyone........
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