Childhood Diseases

Posted by: JVR | 2013/02/21



Hi doc, my 13week old son''s stools are a greenish color the last 2 days. He is breast fed and he use to have 1 dirty nappy a day but now he have almost 4 dirty nappies a day.

Is this normal?


Expert's Reply



This is usually quite normal for babies who are being exclusively breast fed especially if your baby has been feeding rather greedily over the past few days.

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Posted by: Purple | 2013/02/22

Something that can help is to lean back when you''re feeding, as sometimes this is caused when your milk lets down very strongly and sort of overwhelms baby a bit. Leaning back uses gravity to help out a bit. Put baby''s tummy against yours, head at your breast, legs towards your legs and lean back propped by pillows.

Another thing that helps is not to try to feed both breasts at each feed, so let baby feed as long as wanted on one breast till baby comes off by themselves or falls asleep. Then, if baby is still hungry, you can offer the other breast, or if that doesn''t resolve the frothy green poos, then offer the same breast again - so that only one breast is used at each feed. Sometimes the green poo is from a foremilk hindmilk imbalance which can be caused by timing how long baby is allowed to feed for on one breast and then swapping to the other.

Feeding very frequently also helps, so even if baby hasn''t asked, if more than about 2 hours have passed since the last feed, offering baby a feed. The smaller, more frequent feeds seem to help as less goes in at one go.

If baby is having a growth spurt, then they often feed really frequently and this can sometimes also lead to the green poos.

If baby also possets a lot after feeds, these suggestions may also help with that, as often the reflux and the green poos happen together due to so much milk shooting down with a strong let down reflex and a very fast milk flow and sometimes a bit of a milk oversupply.

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