The Milk Bank would like all of our donors to know that every drop of milk is seen as “liquid gold”. The milk that a woman shares is life saving and we are always grateful for every woman who has made the choice to donate their breast milk. Often, though, we are asked if we can accept milk from approved donors whose milk may have some color and smell variation, the answer will always be YES!
Why is my milk a different color from one day to the next?
Breast milk does not always look the same because it changes constantly in its nutritional composition. Breast milk is naturally designed to meet the changing needs of development in the baby.
Any unusual color of a mother’s breast milk is due mostly to her diet. For example, food dyes in foods or drinks can alter the color of breast milk. It may be thin and watery looking, and may have a blue or yellow tint to it. It can even take on a hint of green if large amounts of green colored foods are consumed. The color of the milk is usually not anything to be concerned about.
What if my milk smells different?
This common. Moms might be concerned that their breast milk may taste or smell unusual, A change in the taste and smell of stored breast milk can occur due to an enzyme called lipase (which naturally occurs in breast milk) breaking down fat into fatty acids. It may have a soapy or metallic taste, however, this is not harmful but some babies may dislike the taste and refuse the milk. This doesn’t happen to many mothers, but in those who have a high lipase activity.There isn’t anything wrong with the levels of lipase in your milk; it just breaks down those fats extra fast.
Do milk banks even want milk affected by excess lipase?
Yes! When the milk bank receives a donation of milk it is pooled and mixed with several other donors’ milk and then pasteurized, therefore any unusual colors or smells disappear.
As long as your expressed breast milk is stored correctly, your breast milk is perfectly fine to donate!
If you have specific concerns about your milk, please do not hesitate to contact us!