To raise awareness of mastitis Mum shares photo of red “bloody breast milk”

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Speaking to MamaMia Tanya said: “It was quite confronting. I could feel mastitis starting to set in and my milk suddenly became really bloody, I had no idea I was passing clots until I strained the milk after pumping.

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“My husband nearly fainted.”

Sometimes breast milk can change colour due to particular foods that we take into our body  such as beetroot.

But Tanya said: “I had pumped strawberry coloured milk before in the past but nothing like this, I’d heard of people expressing out clogs and clots but never experienced it until this happened, about four months into my pumping journey.”

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Sharing her photos with The Milk Meg on Facebook, made commenters worried about the fact that clot may have hurt.

One person said: “You poor woman! That giant thing came out of your nipple? I didn’t even think milk holes were big enough to release something that size.”

But Tanya said: “Passing the clot didn’t hurt!.  I don’t want people to be discouraged from pumping or breastfeeding during mastitis or plugged duct.

“Our bodies are amazing.

“I’m still exclusively pumping at 19 months so it certainly didn’t discourage me.”

It is safe for babies to drink milk stained from a blood clot (Image: themilkmeg.com)

She also said her milk went back to normal within 24 hours.

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Mastitis is an infection caused by a blocked duct and can cause breast tissue to become painful and inflamed.

It is common in breastfeeding women and symptoms include a red swollen area on the breast, a lump or hardness, burning pain when breastfeeding, nipple discharge, pink or red milk and flu-like symptoms.

While breast milk tinted by a blood clot is safe for babies to consume it is important to visit the GP as mastitis could become very painful.

But the condition usually eases if mothers get plenty of rest, stay hydrated and avoid bras and tight-fitting clothes.

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