Cause Breasts Are Difficult To Pump And Milk Suddenly Turns Yellow And Feels Salty?

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Doc I just gave birth 1 month, suddenly my left breast can’t be pumped as usual, it comes out very little just a few drops and the strange color turns yellow and it feels salty and keeps on if it is left in the bottom bottle like it settles in contrast to the results of the right colored pump white? That’s why, doc? Can I still drink my baby?

1 Answer:

Hello Yessy,


Normal breast milk color varies between white, yellowish, cream, until there is white with cool tone (like there is a faint blue). Changes in the color of breast milk can also occur depending on the type of food the mother consumes.


Yellowish breast milk can occur in the following conditions:

ASI in the first days of breastfeeding, colostrum which is released is thicker, thicker and yellower than breast milk in the following days.
Breast milk that comes out of the breast for a long time is not used for breastfeeding or has not been pumped for a long time.
If the mother consumes a lot of foods containing beta carotene such as carrots, sweet potatoes, the milk that comes out can be yellowish.

If kept / stored ASI can separate into a yellowish layer at the top (the fatier part) and the whiter on the bottom. As long as the milk is stored in the right way can certainly be consumed by the baby, you can shake it with the movement of a storage bottle and breast milk is still good generally the sediment will mix back and the solution becomes homogeneous before giving it to the baby.


Here's how to save breast milk properly:

Freshly pumped breast milk lasts only 4 hours at room temperature. More than that must be discarded. If after being pumped directly stored in the refrigerator it can last up to 4 days, if it is in the freezer (-18 degrees Celsius) it can last up to 6-12 months.
Breast milk that is released from the refrigerator / freezer only lasts at room temperature 1-2 hours should be given immediately, if not must be discarded. When stored again in the refrigerator only lasts 1 day. Breast milk that has been removed from the freezer and left at room temperature until the temperature is the same as room temperature should not be stored / frozen in the freezer again.
The rest of the milk in the bottle that is not spent by the baby can only be stored for 2 hours, then immediately discarded.

Before pumping breast milk, wash your hands properly using running water + soap. Use bottles or special packaging that is safe for storing breast milk. Label the date and time of milk collection on the packaging if you want to store it in the refrigerator / freezer.


Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.

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