A mom has shared how much her breast milk changed after being away from her baby girl for just four hours.
Jessika Gancedo, who has an eight-month-old daughter, revealed she usually only pumps when her children are sick, so often doesn’t notice how much the color changes.
Gancedo, who also has a son, shared a clip to TikTok after noticing the variations of her milk, which she captioned: “Our bodies acclimate to what our babies need!! So awesome to see.”
She laid out four packs of frozen milk, explaining the difference between each one.
Gancedo said in the clip, uploaded on Monday: “So I rarely pump, so I don’t really get to see this often, but this is normally what breast milk looks like, it’s white.
“This is what it looks like when my daughter begins to get sick, so it’s a little bit yellow but not anything crazy. This is when she is sick, it’s very yellow. See all that goodness,” she said, while revealing in another video her daughter was sick with a 100-degree fever.
Cancedo, thought to be from the U.S., continued: “But this is what really threw me today. Me and my fiancé went on a date and I was gone from her for four hours, I want to say. My body made milk with a bunch of water because it assumed that my daughter was dehydrated from not eating for four hours. Look at how weird that is, how much our bodies acclimate to what our babies need.”
The last pack shows milk that is almost translucent, and much paler in comparison, even to the “normal” breast milk. The clip amassed more than a million views, as Gancedo responded to numerous comments from parents.
She added: “I’ve seen people post their blue and green milk!! It’s wild. Diet does have an impact on milk color as well! But time of day and other things like sickness and babies needs (like dehydration) impact it as well.
“That’s why I always make sure I pump when she’s sick so once I stop I can still give her some when she gets sick. I do the same for her brother.”
While she stressed: “I also want to add I would never shame a formula mom. That’s not the point of this video. My 1st was mainly formula fed and I am so thankful for formula.”
And she assured people: “I do want to add that baby fed before and after I pumped the last one. It’s definitely foremilk but I’ve never produced that much foremilk before.”
In a follow-up video, she explained how her body knows to alter the milk she’s producing, saying: “When I say my body knows when my child is sick, I don’t mean like some kind of bluetooth connection, which is what I’ve seen other people say. But whenever the baby is nursing we have glands on our nipples that tell our body what germs our baby has been exposed to and what kind of antibodies our body needs to make.
“My body knew that I wasn’t with her for so long. So it made a whole bunch of foremilk which I normally pump within eight minutes, tops, and it’s all out and I get everything. But I pumped for 15 minutes and it was basically all foremilk I could have pumped for longer because, yes she ate after. The point of that is my body made a lot of foremilk to hydrate my baby, and that’s what I meant by my baby was dehydrated made a ton of foremilk.”
Website Very Well Family explained foremilk is what’s released at the beginning of each feed, which is typically lower in fat and calories, which later changes to hindmilk, which is fatty and calorific.
Commenting on the video, Darcy Molinar said: “This is amazing what our bodies do.”
“This is literally absolutely amazing! We’re subconsciously connected to what came from within us,” Enrika Narvilaite thought.
While fellow mom Jess added: “Yes! Mine turned green, like a pastel green, when my daughter caught a cold. It’s scary to see at first.”
Newsweek reached out to Gancedo for comment.