Yesterday my daughter's stools were bright green. Neon green,
actually. What could be causing this? The only thing I can possibly
think of is that I have been drinking caffeine-free diet Mt. Dew
and that maybe could be it, because it is almost that color. Also,
her stools have been very pasty in consistency, can breastfed
babies get constipated?
The color and consistency of the bowel movements is not a big
concern, unless there is a medical problem such as low weight
gain associated with it. The color can change according to what
you are eating, and I have heard of Mountain Dew turning stools
Dr. Jack Newman
says in his new breastfeeding book (in response to a mom who says,
"all my baby's poops are green. Everyone is telling me this
is abnormal and the doctor is making me very worried"): "If
the baby is content and gaining well, ignore the comments. Buy
yourself a pair of sunglasses so you don't see the color."
say how old your baby is or why you think he may be constipated,
but you should know that it is perfectly normal for a totally
breastfed infant over the age of 4-6 weeks to only stool once
every 4-12 days. This change in stooling patterns can be very
confusing to new mothers who are used to their newborns pooping
after every feeding, but it is quite common in older babies.
When a baby
is constipated, it means that his stools are hard and dry. Breastfed
babies who aren't receiving supplemental feedings rarely have
hard, dry stools unless there is some sort of bowel obstruction
or medical problem. Having stools every other day or even only
once a week is often a normal pattern for an older breastfed baby.
Be prepared for a major blow out when he does go - he will have
lots and lots of loose stool, and may grunt and be uncomfortable
when he passes it. You may need to change his clothes and yours
If the stool
is soft when he does finally go, he is gaining weight appropriately,
his abdomen is soft and he is content and alert, with no signs
of illness (like lethargy or fever) then you don't need to worry,
even if a week or more goes by without a bowel movement.
stooling may be a sign of inadequate milk intake, especially in
a newborn. If your baby isn't gaining weight, then there may be
a reason for concern. Otherwise, I would try to relax and wait
to let nature take its course.
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