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I'm curious about a problem a friend of mine had with breastfeeding. With each of her children, her breastmilk was pink and the doctor analyzed the milk and found a lot of blood in it. They couldn't figure out what caused it, but the doctor said it wasn't healthy for the babies to swallow all that blood, so she quit and switched to formula.<br><br>
It's too late for me to help my friend, unless she has another baby. But I'm still curious and thought if I learned more about this, maybe the info. can be of help to someone in the future.<br><br>
Does anyone know what can cause this kind of condition -- or if it really is harmful to keep breastfeeding if the milk has blood in it?
 

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ok...lets see if this works<br><br><br><a href="http://www.mother-2-mother.com/motherconcerns.htm#whatdoesbreastmilklooklike" target="_blank">http://www.mother-2-mother.com/mothe...stmilklooklike</a>
 

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This could be an awfully silly wives tale but I heard that drinking orange soda can make your bm pink. Who knew? I guess if they tested it for blood though...? I know I had blood in my colostrum and it wasn't an issue.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">ok...lets see if this works<br><br><br><a href="http://www.mother-2-mother.com/motherconcerns.htm#whatdoesbreastmilklooklike" target="_blank">http://www.mother-2-mother.com/mothe...stmilklooklike</a></div>
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Wow! I guess if blood settles at the bottom in pumped breastmilk -- blood must be in ALL breastmilk.<br><br>
Thanks for the link!
 

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yep orange soda can color your milk pinkish..........and that screaming green hersheys syrup that was popular right around the time dd1 was born, my milk had this weird green cast to it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> prolly wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't eaten the syrup straight out of the bottle<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: .off the my chocoholics anomous meeting now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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OH man, that doctor is wrong. What horrible horrible advice!<br><br>
Was she engorged at all? Sometimes if a momma is engorged, blood will come out with the milk or in place of the milk ... too much milk = too much pressure on the breast and the capillaries inside = burst capillaries = blood out of the nipple.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">yep orange soda can color your milk pinkish..........and that screaming green hersheys syrup that was popular right around the time dd1 was born, my milk had this weird green cast to it<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> prolly wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't eaten the syrup straight out of the bottle<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: .off the my chocoholics anomous meeting now<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">OH man, that doctor is wrong. What horrible horrible advice!<br><br>
Was she engorged at all? Sometimes if a momma is engorged, blood will come out with the milk or in place of the milk ... too much milk = too much pressure on the breast and the capillaries inside = burst capillaries = blood out of the nipple.</div>
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So it's safe for the baby to drink?
 

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I'm not a doctor. I'm not even a LC. But, from what I have read, it's fine for a baby to drink milk if it has some blood in it.
 

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That's good to know, if it ever comes up again. Thanks!
 
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