Post-delivery, whether normal or C-section, most women feel completely dazed. But it is during this time that some important things need to be taken care of. For instance, the baby should be made to breastfeed, and the mother must keep a tab on the poo and peep for the first 24 hours to ensure that everything is normal. If you notice anything unusual, you must bring it to the notice of your doctor; it may be normal, but it is better to be safe. Here are some points that you may want to keep in mind if you have just delivered a baby or about to deliver soon.
The bowel movements of the babies who are breastfed vary widely. Some babies may not pass stool for four to five days in a row, while others may do it after every feed.
Colostrum, which is your first milk, is essential for newborns as it protects them from various infections and also acts as a laxative. The very first stool color may shock you. It is usually green-black and sticky. This is called meconium that is present in the baby’s intestine before birth. The colostrum, which is thick yellow milk, will help to push meconium out of your baby’s body. In the days following that, once your milk starts to come in, the stools will still be a mixture of meconium and milk bi-products and will continue to have a tinge of green and yellow. Gradually, it will normalize. If the baby is breastfed, the stools are normally light yellow with tiny seed-like particles and have a slightly sweet smell to it. Sometimes newborn stools are confused with diarrhea because of the texture.
If you are bottle-feeding your baby, then they will pass stool a few times in a day, but then like we said earlier, every baby is different, so is their pooping pattern. Formula-fed babies can pass stool several times per day or can poop once every other day. If the baby is formula-fed, the stools may be dark or yellow and firmer. His poop may have toothpaste-like consistency, will be bulkier like that of an adult, and may have a strong smell to it. Since formula milk is not fully digested like breast milk, formula-fed babies are more prone to constipation than breastfed babies.
Normally there is nothing much to worry about in the first 24 hours, but you will need to consult the doctor under the following conditions.
All this information might be overwhelming, but it is not meant to scare a new mom. Because you are new to parenting, it helps to know a few basics, so that you don’t panic when you see something unusual. Usually, when it comes to babies, moms get worried at the slightest variation, which may be quite normal. Therefore, it is necessary to know these so that you know when actually to consult your pediatrician.
Our best wishes to new moms who have embarked on this beautiful new journey filled with many wonderful moments. Make sure you don’t miss any of them.