UK Mother Believes Her Breast Milk Turned Blue After Her Child Got VaccinatedMay 09, 2019 10:09
A picture of two bottles of breast milk with an evident color difference is going viral on social media after a Birmingham mother shared on her social media profile claiming that it was proof that the color of her breast milk changed 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!” Jody Danielle Fisher writes in her Facebook post.
In the picture, Jody placed two bottles of breast milk side by side with evident color difference between the two. The bottle on the left is a normal off-white color and the one on the left is bluish.
(Image source from: Facebook/Jody Danielle Fisher)
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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.
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 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.
What Experts Say?
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 color of her breast milk was more likely due to food dyes or deep-colored vegetables and less due to antibodies.
The United Kingdom-based gynecologist Ian Currie concurred, telling Yahoo.UK that a change in the color 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 colored foods. However, many women commented in agreement, sharing pictures of their breast milk after their child fell sick.
By Sowmya Sangam