A young mum has told of a bizarre side-effect of coronavirus.
Anna Cortez says her breast milk turned a terrifying shade of “neon green” – and a breastfeeding expert told her the colour change could have been triggered by the natural antibodies that fight infection and protect the baby.
English teacher Anna from Monterrey, Mexico, said that she’s not the only one.
"A lot of mums have noticed [a change in milk colour] and I've spoken to others in the same situation," she said.
"It was the same experience as what I had – they got sick and their milk changed colour, and they continued to feed their babies."
Anna told the Mirror: "I talked to my daughter’s paediatrician, who is also a lactation consultant, and she said it is common when the mum gets sick, or when the baby gets sick with a cold or stomach virus, that the mum's milk will change and adapt with antibodies.
"The reason it was so noticeable in this case is because the virus is so strong.
"She (the paediatrician) told me as soon as I tested positive to keep breastfeeding my daughter, that that's the best thing for her because it will give her everything she needs and if she is sick the breast milk will fight that.
"Your body knows what it is doing and if it is changing something in your milk it’s because that is what your body needs."
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Anna and her daughter Mikayla, who was four months old at the time, caught coronavirus in January.
Mikayla had a cough and a fever but recovered within days, while Anna said she had cold-like symptoms and lost her senses of taste and smell.
Anna's breast milk was white when she pumped four days before developing symptoms of the virus. She was infected with Covid the next time she pumped.
Dr Natalie Shenker, a breast milk researcher at Imperial College London and co-founder of the Human Milk Foundation, said: "We do know that women who are infected with Covid do generate antibodies against Covid and those antibodies go into the milk in over 90% of women.
"The antibodies that are in there are the type that would kill the virus."
She added: "The actual virus doesn’t enter the milk. The best evidence shows that no Covid virus gets into the milk and breastfeeding isn’t a rooted infection."
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