Breastfed Baby Poop

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Your breastfed baby poop can give you some clues about the baby health condition. Here you can get more details about it is given below.
How Should a Breastfed Baby Poop Be?
Is My Breastfed Baby Poop Too Much?
Why Are My Baby’s First Few Poops Dark?
How does breastfed poop smell?
Is It Normal For My Baby’s Poop To Be Green in colour?
What Causes Breastfed Baby Poop is Green in colour?
What Causes Mucus in Baby Stool?

How Should a Breastfed Baby Poop Be?

Parenthood is a wonderful journey that gives new experiences every day. However, along the path are strewn some rough patches, which might be a cause for worry. But all along, we need to keep in mind that each child is unique and develops at its own pace, though there are some common milestones to be attained at a prescribed age. When a new baby is born, the first and the most challenging task for a new mother is breastfeeding. The one that follows closely is the worry about newborn baby poop—it is colour and texture. Let’s get to know more about the Breastfed Baby Poop of the challenge so that we are better equipped to handle it when we get there.
Diaper change

Is My Breastfed Baby Poop Too Much?

The first thing you will notice is the number of times a newborn breastfed baby poop. Sometimes it could be as high as 8 times a day. In fact, some babies may poop after every feed, and paediatricians confirm that this is normal and not something to worry about that thing. Ideally, during the first few days after birth, the number maybe 4-5 times, and as he/she starts feeding well, it should be 2-5 times in a day during the first 6 weeks. After six weeks, the number of times a baby poops comes down, and sometimes they may poop only once a week. This sudden change in the number of times may cause alarm, but don’t worry and obsess about it. Unless the stools are hard and dry, there’s no cause for concern.

Why Are My Baby’s First Few Poops Dark?

The first poop, within the first 24 hours of birth, is what scares a new parent most. It’s dark greenish-black, thick and sticky. This is nothing but the meconium that has been building up in the baby’s intestine during pregnancy. Gradually as the baby continues to feed normally and picks up a routine, he/she will gradually finish expelling all the accumulated meconium, and the stool begins to change colour. First, they turn yellow and gradually yellowish brown. Expect to see a different colour of poop every day and remember, it varies depending on what the mom eats, how hydrated the baby is, and frequency of formula, if used.

How does breastfed poop smell?

Your baby poop may not have a smell for the first some days. After they pass meconium, more parents claim their breastfed baby poop still doesn’t smell very foul.
It may slightly smell sweet or have a resembling popcorn smell. Other parents have reported their baby poop smells like hay or porridge.
Generally, your baby has frequent bowel movements, and their poop is soft, the smell is not a concern.
Let your paediatrician know if you notice loose, green poops, or a smell you are worried about it. Your baby may have an allergy or something in your diet.

Is It Normal For My Baby’s Poop To Be Green in colour?

For a breastfed baby poop, the poop changes colour from dark-blackish to greenish and to mustardy yellow. However, if your baby is consistently passing green poop, contrary to what you might have heard, it is not a cause of worry if your baby is thriving well and gaining weight. Though green poop could sometimes mean there is a problem, most paediatricians do not recognize this as a potential problem.

What Causes Breastfed Baby Poop is Green in colour?

Consistently green stools in a breastfed baby poop could be due to one or a combination of the many reasons mentioned below:

  • You are switching breasts too early, and thus your baby is getting more of foremilk and not enough of hindmilk – the calorie-rich, thick milk. This causes an imbalance of foremilk-hindmilk
  • The mother’s diet consists of a lot of green vegetables, or she has food that is green coloured
  • If your baby is sick, it may be weeks before the big actually goes away. This will make your baby pass green poop for days together. Continuing to breastfeed is the best way to help your baby recover
  • Sometimes, a breastfed baby can be sensitive to medicine or drug that the mother is eating. Or the baby could be sensitive to medicine that she is taking, making her poop green, mucusy and frothy

The best way to be sure that your baby is thriving well and gaining weight is to regularly check the baby’s weight at the doctor’s office and watch out for any other signs of allergy – skin rashes, eczema, vomiting, diarrhoea, or breathing issues.
Baby poop

What Causes Mucus in Baby Stool?

A new mom has to constantly keep a watch over the poop every time she changes a soiled diaper. Anything out of the ordinary or suspicious must be looking into it. Well, over the first couple of days, every mom learns to be vigilant, and here are some signs to watch out for and what they indicate.
If the poop looks slimy, streaked with shiny glistening strings, it is an indication that there’s mucus in the stool. This is sometimes possible when the baby is drooling since the mucous in the saliva does not get digested. But again, mucous is also an indication of an allergy or infection and could be because:

  • Any food that the mother eats, but is not suiting the baby. Dairy products and spicy foods may be way beyond the tolerance level for the baby, and when it passes from the mother to baby through the milk, the baby may feel uncomfortable. This could cause mucous, flatulence and vomiting too
  • The baby may be drinking too much foremilk, which is high in lactose
  • The baby may be teething, a process that produces excess saliva
  • The baby may not be absorbing nutrients from the breast milk or formula, though this is not common
  • Mucous can also accompany diarrhoea where the colon produces more natural secretions to keep the tissue lubricated
  • Intussusception could be a cause too. In this, one section of the bowel slides in to next and is common among children between 3 months to 6 years. However, this accompanies other symptoms (vomiting, lethargy, grunting sounds)
  • Sometimes, blood may accompany mucously, and in such situations, it is better to check with your doctor

A new mother has many things to watch out for and keep in mind. Sometimes, it might appear overwhelming, but with time, they get used to it. After all, these problems and issues fade away in front of the happiness that a newborn brings with it. The best way is to be informed to handle any situation with ease. Once the baby is in your arms, you feel that all the happiness in the world has been handed over to you. This is indeed so. There’s so much to learn, to do, and watch in amazement as the baby moves seamlessly from one stage to another, achieving new milestones on the way. Indeed, sometimes you begin to wonder who teaches a newborn so much.
Happy Parenting!

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