A breastfeeding mother has highlighted the amazing way that breast milk changes to suit the needs of each child.
Chelsea Pryce posted two pictures of bags of breast milk that she’d expressed for her children to Facebook, explaining that while one child was ill, she’d been feeding them from separate breasts.
‘Osiris (2yo) was sick, Hendrix (3m) was not. I kept them on separate breasts each day to avoid baby getting sick,’ she wrote alongside. ‘Osiris’s pumped breast milk is on the left, Hendrix’s is on the right. Each breast produced perfectly tailored milk for each kid. Our bodies are amazing. 💞’
Osiris (2yo) was sick, Hendrix (3m) was not. I kept them on separate breasts each day to avoid baby getting sick. Osiris’s pumped breast milk is on the left, Hendrix’s is on the right. Each breast…
Since she shared the snap at the beginning of February, Chelsea’s story has received more than 27,000 shares, 37,000 reactions, and comments from people all around the world discussing the ‘awesome’ difference in the colour of the bags of milk.
‘You are amazing! I tandem BF for close to two years, but never noticed this!’ one wrote, while another added: ‘That is honestly amazing.’
Chelsea Pryce added a new photo.
According to breastfeeding expert and lactation consultant Anne Smith, who writes for website Breastfeeding Basics, ‘the composition and appearance of human milk changes from day to day, from feeding to feeding, and even during the same feeding.
‘One of the many benefits of breastfeeding is that your body produces the perfect milk for your baby depending on what he needs,’ she says.
‘In warm weather, the milk contains more water. Milk for preemies has a higher fat content because they are growing so quickly. Milk for toddlers is different than milk for newborns, which is why milk banks always try to match the donor’s age to the baby’s as closely as possible.
‘Mother’s milk even contains antibodies to fight specific germs her baby is exposed to and protects him from infection in a very specialized way.’