Green poop?

Joy - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My breastfed 7-week-old has started having dark green, stinky poop. Is this normal? I haven't made any changes in my diet, and I'm pretty sure it's not the result of a foremilk-hindmilk imbalance, which is the other explanation I found when I googled it. She also has started spitting up much more frequently. The doctor's office said not to worry, but she'd been having the normal yellow poop up to this point, so I feel like something's not right.

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Rebecca - posted on 10/15/2009

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When our daughter had odd colored poops, I called the doctor and she said that as long as it is not red or black, then it is fine. Still made me nervous, but it all turned out okay and poops went back to normal. Take care!

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Minnie - posted on 10/15/2009

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Causes of green poo:



Foremilk/hindmilk imbalance (are you making sure to nurse baby off one breast until you cannot easily squeeze out milk before switching to the other?) Sometimes oversupply can occur shortly after a growth spurt.



Teething (excess saliva)



A virus

Sarah - posted on 10/15/2009

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My kid specialize in the greeny-meanies - as his uncle calls it. Since I'm supplementing with an iron-fortified formula, I think that the iron is probably the cause of it.

Jennifer - posted on 10/15/2009

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It is my understanding if the poop is green, the babe is taking in lots of foremilk-which is the thin thirst quenching milk that comes out first. Keep him on the breast longer so he gets the hind milk which is thicker and contains the majority of the fat. You should see a difference in the colour of the his poo.

Victoria - posted on 10/15/2009

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My 5 month old done the same thing its fine. The only time you need to worry about the poo is if it is Black or red. As far as the spitting up mine don't spit up unless he has ate to much try everything to calm them down before feeding.I this helps!!

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