baby poop

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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So ... my 5 month old baby girl is exclusively breastfed (breast milk in bottle) and she has VERY RUNNY POOP... I assume its normal cause its been like that basically since she was born. It was very very seedy when she was first born and the seediness has gone down a bit. Every day that she is at Daycare they tell me that she had Diarrhea, this is EVERY DAY! If someone had Diarrhea every day ... that would be a deadly sign right? She would be very dehydrated, which she is not. Does anyone else's babies have really runny poop? I keep telling Daycare that its normal but sometimes they send her home saying she is sick because of the diarrhea and I am not all about spending all this money on daycare when she comes home! Should I tell them off?

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User - posted on 07/13/2012

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hi there my 19 week yr old has pooped last 2 times and it was all up her back and very runny i mean water like.. shes not pooped this runny before do i need to worry or? just need bit of advise !

Minnie - posted on 08/07/2009

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Well, no, it doesn't change based on what you've eaten, unless she's got an allergy (dairy, peanut protein)- I mean, if you've eaten broccoli, you don't make broccoli milk, if you eat pizza, you don't make pizza milk- get me? Milk composition isn't related to diet.



But- breastfed poop CAN be different based on how much foremilk/hindmilk the baby is getting, and the age of the baby- whos digestive system becomes more efficient.

Minnie - posted on 08/07/2009

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Michelle, too bad I hadn't taken pictures for you when my daughter came down with rotavirus when she was five months old! Normally, her poo (she's 9 1/2 months old, exclusively breastfed) is pretty much the consistency of watered-down spicey brown mustard (and the color) (lol).



When she was sick, she had probably 16-20 poos a day (that's another indication of diarrhea, an insane number of poos. They were bright green, very smelly (there's a big difference than typical breastfed poo smell, which is buttery, and diarrhea smell), and had lots of watery jiggly mucous in them.



Like I said, you'd know if she had diarrhea.

Terra - posted on 07/14/2012

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What you eat absolutely changes what milk you produce. It effects the taste and can even effect the color!

Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2009

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My little guy (breast milk exclusively) has very runny poop. You open his diaper and it's like looking at a murky pond. Totally normal for breastfed babies. Not to worry.

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Rachel - posted on 08/09/2009

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What you eat is related to what your milk produces (not just allergies). For example, If you are eating particularly spicy foods or gassy foods lately your child may start becoming gassy and irritated. I've heard of babies even being fussier about taking breast milk because the mother had been eating a lot of garlic or onions. The quality of milk is also based on how good your diet is. Your body just can't produce nutrients out of nowhere, it needs to get them from the food you are eating. That's why doctors and midwives are so adamant about you having a healthy diet while you are pregnant and breastfeeding.

Rachel - posted on 08/09/2009

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My Mom owns a daycare too. These daycare workers should know what is normal and what should be a concern. It sounds like they are being completely unprofessional. If they weren't sure than I would be glad that they mentioned it, but after you had already gone to the doctors and he said you shouldn't worry about it. I was seriously consider going to a different daycare. The fact that this is brought up everyday actually makes me lose confidence in their ability to look after the child. I know that sounds strong, but especially after you making sure that you went to the doctor. I have never known a child that isn't eating yet to have solid poop. It's runny for the simple fact that they are drinking. If all we ever did was drink, than our poop would be runny too! Basically what I think it comes down to is 1. they don't know enough to be trusted to look after your child or 2. they are pulling a fast one on you. Either way, I think both are a good reason to send your child to someone else.

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Well, no, it doesn't change based on what you've eaten, unless she's got an allergy (dairy, peanut protein)- I mean, if you've eaten broccoli, you don't make broccoli milk, if you eat pizza, you don't make pizza milk- get me? Milk composition isn't related to diet.



Here is one thing that is interesting about he whole "broccoli milk" thing...I ate a bunch of radishes one time and then my baby was extremely colicky and finally burped and smelled just like a little radish...and when my twins were just a few weeks old I ate rhubarb and they both were fussy and more than a little wild that whole night and both had unusually runny poops the next day..also my now 2 year old always had a rough night if I ate a rueben sandwich or anything with sour kraut....so even though the nutrients in your milk might not change some things you eat can pass to baby...in my experience anyway..

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yeah! give 'em what for...breast fed babies are going to have liquid runny poop! However if there is actual water in their stool that might be a problem? One of the pros of breast milk is there usually isn't alot of constipation..even in babies that don't poop every day...like my twins who are almost 5 months..their poop is yellow and very runny..nothing to worry about! If push comes to shove get a doctors note to explain to your day care provider...

Britni - posted on 08/07/2009

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I would be taking my child to a different day care! When my first born was in day care they never said anything like that and he had poops like that also... I told them it was normal and they dropped it... And my friends kids had the same thing and went to the same day care.. You just need to find a different day care it sounds like this one isnt the one for you and your daughter.

Britni - posted on 08/07/2009

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I would tell them off I wouldnt pay for daycare when they keep sending her home. My son had curdely poops when he was born too and then there wasnt any I did thought that he had diahrea but it was completely normal. Thats just what happens when babies have breastmilk... My milk has dried up and i have to give him formula now but he still even has runny poops. You really need to tell them that.. And yes if they were dehydrated they would be throwing up and look very sick.

Carman - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son is 5 months old (mostly breast-fed) and he has had a variety of poop. It went from once every 4 days to every time I changed him and it was very runny. I called my doctor while it was so frequent and they said it was normal as long as he was eating. A breast-fed baby can go before, during and after they are fed and that is normal. Now he has started solids and it has become more formed. If they do call to get her again maybe you should have your doctor call them and explain that she is not sick. I know it must be frustrating, but I used to work in a day care and know how some of the workers can be.

Michelle - posted on 08/07/2009

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When I told the Daycare about how the doctor said that it was normal for breastfed babies poop to be very runny they said ... "well Anna was exclusively BF and her poop didn't look like that" HMMM Not everyone's poop will look exactly the same especially since the poop could change depending on what I have eaten correct?

Michelle - posted on 08/07/2009

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Yea ... when Olivia was first born she pooped like 5-8 times a day! Now ... just 1-3 times a day! But for the most part its usually only once ... like you guys said an indicator of diarrhea is LOTS of poops ... which she doesn't have!

Julia - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son was the same way up until about nine months. I believe most breastfed babies are the same. As long as she is not dehydrated like you said and is not going too many times a day. For my son he got constipated at nine months and then after a couple days of not going all of a sudden his poop was harder... i guess from starting to add more baby food into his diet. So i wouldn't worry and i would tell those daycare people that you aren't paying them to be a doctor! If you say it's normal then it is you're the mom you know best.

Heather - posted on 08/07/2009

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With my first baby her poop was runny from breastfeeding. I would not worry unless its bloody or has a black tarry look to it. Also if your baby is dehydrated she would not be able to produce tears when she crys. Day care workers tend to make things worse than what they are.

Reesa - posted on 08/07/2009

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You're right about the breastfed baby and runny poop thing. My daughter had the same thing. The seeds are just extra milk fat that she didn't digest so it's good if there is a little of that in there. It's weird that your daycare doesn't recognize the difference between diarrhea and just normal breast fed baby poop. I would just take a diaper to your pediatrician and have her check it out just in case. I'm sure everything is fine but that way you can maybe get a note for your daycare center stating that it's normal. It does raise a red flag though that the daycare isn't knowledgeable about this.

Brandy - posted on 08/07/2009

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as a nurse, her poo sounds totally normal. signs of dehydration include dry mouth, cracked lips, no tears, sunken soft spot... stuff like that. as long as she is taking in plenty of liquids ie. breastmilk, she is not dehydrated. if she were vomiting and have excessive stools, i would worry. but she's not. i agree that most daycares prolly dont have much experience w ebf babies. its just something you dont see these days. you are doing a great job!

Lucy - posted on 08/07/2009

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My daughter is 4months old and EBF, her poop is bright yellow and runny! This is perfectly normal!

SARAH - posted on 08/07/2009

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i laughed reading this as i called my midwife to check when our baby was just a few weeks old. tell the childcarers off!...shouldn't they be trained to know this??? lol

Chelseaszidik - posted on 08/06/2009

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I work at a daycare and I would like to say that these staff members are not being professional. I would set up a meeting with the director. I would explain that this situation has gotten out of hand and your doctor has said that her stool is perfectly normal. Explain that her stool is not a reason to send her home and that if it continues that maybe you will have to find a new daycare. Make sure to let the director know that you would be happy to come if she is really sick but that she has not actually been sick when she is sent home.

Michelle - posted on 08/06/2009

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Commenting on smelly poop... her poop usually has a stink to it ... but alot of people say that has to do with what I ate though ... so that never bothered me! There was like once or twice where there was like a mucusy substance and water mixed and I called the doctor and they said not to worry about it just as long as her soft spot on her head wasn't sunk in and that she had a wet mouth, eyes, etc. and still peed normal. Which she always did!!! I did tell daycare that my doctor told me that it was just a breastfed babies poop but they don't seem to care ... They are always like she had Diarrhea again today so if she has it tomorrow you will have to pick her up! I'm like WHAT THE HECK! I wan't to see pictures of Diarrhea. I also want to tell them that everyone's poop is different! Thanx Everyone! If anyone else has advice please give it!!!!!!

Chelseaszidik - posted on 08/06/2009

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Diarrhea in an infant means that the diaper has watery mucus in it and it is seperted from the actual poop. You should find some credible information on this and bring it into the daycare. Explain to them what infant diarrhea looks like and tell them that her stool is completely normal. You should also let them know that you can't be pulled away from work to pick her up for stool that isn't watery and mucusy and separating from the rest of the stool. I would also tell them that this is what your doctor said (even if he or she didn't). They can't argue with a medical professional.

Alison - posted on 08/06/2009

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If I where you I would print out an article on baby poo, which I have found by googling or going to babycenter.com (because I had the same question) and bring it with you next time. Sounds like they either have no idea what they are talking about or feel like having one less baby on those days! Maybe both ?!?

Minnie - posted on 08/06/2009

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I doubt that the daycare workers have had much experience with babies who get only human milk. If she had diarrhea, you'd know it- it smells horrible, it's green, and really mucousy.



Breastfed-poo is very runny.

Becky - posted on 08/06/2009

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While I exclusively gave my boy breastmilk, prior to starting solids, he had basically liquid poos after EVERY feed. It's just breastmilk poop. Breastmilk is so well digested that the babies are able to absorb almost everything from it, which leaves very little to get rid of. As long as your baby is still peeing good, that means she isn't dehydrated. No worries, just wait till you start solids, you will be wishing for those reletively unstinky easy to eliminate poos back!

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