Baby with green mucuousy stool? What does it mean?

Liz - posted on 11/07/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my 4 week old breastfed baby has had green mucousy poo for the last few days. there is also a red patch around his bum (diaper rash?). he's been eating a lot more and also pooing a lot more as a result. does this sound familiar to anyone? any words of wisdom?

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Rebecca - posted on 11/07/2009

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This is totally normal! So dont let anyone freak you out. It is a very common thing and as some moms mentioned due to a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance or too much too fast.



Your breast really only makes one type of milk. As milk is produced in the breast, the fat globules in the milk tend to stick to each other and to the duct itself. Between feedings, milk collects in mom's breasts and gradually moves out toward the nipple, leaving more and more of the fat "stuck" further back in the milk ducts. The more time between feedings, the lower the fat content of the foremilk available to baby at the beginning of the feeding.

Once the let-down is triggered the milk is squeezed down the ducts. As the breast starts to empty, the fat globules begin to dislodge and move down the ducts (let-down facilitates this process). So the further into the feed, the higher the fat content of the milk, as more and more fat globules are forced out. The end result is that the milk gradually increases in fat as the feeding progresses.



Your baby will have the green, mucousy, sometimes frothy poops because the foremilk is more watery and contains more lactose. It is also digested very quickly and the lactose is "dumped" into the intestines which causes gas and bubbles.



This can easily be corrected by Block Feeding. Block feeding is when you nurse on one breast for 3-4 feedings before switching to the other breast then nurse on that breast for 3-4 feedings ect ect...This will ensure that your breasts are being emptied and not able to "fill" up as fast which = less foremilk. You should notice a difference within 48hrs to a week depending on your baby and the amount of milk you have. You can also try nursing in the "Australian hold" ( leaning back) or side lying so baby has to suck against gravity to slow the flow. I really hope this helps you!! Check out Jack Newmans or Kellys mom for more info on block feeding, overactive let down and foremilk/hindmilk imbalance if you need. take care!

Helen - posted on 11/07/2009

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Green pooh can be a sign of the baby getting too much fore milk and not enough hind milk. Do you leave the baby on until it has drained your breast? If you don't try leaving it on one breast until it comes off it's self and then offer the other one. I had this early on and this sorted it out.

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Brittany - posted on 11/09/2009

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your baby may be develping jundice from your milk. take him to the doc but still breastfeed it usually goes away within a couple of months. but that does come up aroun 3 to 4 weeks if that is it. i had that problem.

Rebecca - posted on 11/09/2009

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Its totally possible the constant eating is a growth spurt, but its also normal newborn nursing as well so it can be hard to tell when they are that young. But Im absolutely sure that he is eating enough so dont worry about that! Also it sounds like the block feeding will be the best way for you to go, as the feeding on just one breast seems to have helped, block feeding should really make it better. It sounds like you know your babys cues really good and are doing everything perfect, I would try not to worry yourself so much, just go by your baby. If hes happy and healthy thats the most important part!

Liz - posted on 11/09/2009

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Thanks so much ladies!!! I really appreciate all your words of wisdom! I did go see the doctor but he just told me there was nothing to be concerned about. I did try feeding my little man one breast at each feeding and it seems to have helped. his poo is less mucuousy and is yellow with a green-tinge. I'm going to try the block feeding though to see if he works better for him. he still wants to feed very often, and once he falls asleep and i put him down, he wakes up shortly after and wants to be held and eat again. Could it be a growth spurt? or is he not eating enough? when he does fall asleep eating, i burp him andchange his diaper and then feed him again until he doesn't want anymore.

Lori - posted on 11/08/2009

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My baby had this from time to time when he was young, and I'd asked my LC about it, since I'd read the foremilk/hindmilk thing, and she said my baby was clearly taking in plenty of hindmilk (growing about a pound a week at the time), and that it was normal, just related to a growth spurt. So that's a common reason for it too. If it only happens for a few days every now and again, and your baby is doing fine otherwise, that's probably all it is.

Kelly - posted on 11/08/2009

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If it's not a milk thing, it could also be teething. Sounds too early, although my youngest popped 2 teeth at 3 months. I ended up taking her to the doc as I was worried and it turned out she was swallowing a lot of saliva from teething and as a result had really mucousy poops. Now she gets that way each time she cuts a tooth, along with a diaper rash. The saliva is high in acid so when that poop sits on their bum, it really reacts to it.

It's likely a milk thing with just a 4 week old, your milk is still regulating but if it's not that, consider teething. Keep the bum as clean and dry as you can when you change him.

Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 11/08/2009

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Rebecca said it very well! I second the block feeding advice. I have to do this, as well. I had foremilk/hindmilk imbalance myself and I am a Certified Lactation Counselor. =) And that's what it sounds like to me. Sometimes this can correct itself in time, but you can help correct it faster by doing the block feeds.

Good luck! And great job at making lots of milk!

BethAnn - posted on 11/07/2009

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my baby had this too, green poop for about a week. I had to decrease my milk supply by feeding only on one breast at a time. she is now 7 weeks and feeds from both breasts again but we alternate which one we start with.

Emma - posted on 11/07/2009

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Sound like it could just be too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk. My son used to get a similar problem and ended up feeding more often. The foremilk does not contain enough calories to sustain them, however as Pam said and seeing that this is happening for a couple of days it wouldn't hurt to get the baby checked out. The diaper rash could either be from the green poo or could be a symptom. Always better to be than sorry.

Simone - posted on 11/07/2009

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i was told is fine for a baby to have green poo. my baby is fully breastfed and most of the time her poo is yellow but sometimes green, she's a healthly 14lbs she was 7lb born. she's 11 weeks now she's putting on weight nicely. don't worry to much, if you are see your doctor.

Pam - posted on 11/07/2009

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Doctors doctors doctors. That is where I would go.Any cold symptoms as that can come out the other end too. I hope The baby is alright.

Marihett - posted on 11/07/2009

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Let him drink for at least 15 - 20 minutes on one breast. I let mine drink only on one at a time, I didn't switch. It might seen if your breast is empty, but I promise you he still gets milk out. And the emptier it feels, the better quality hind milk your baby gets.
Good luck

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2009

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When I asked about it at my support group, I was told that it meant she was not getting enough of the creamy milk.



We have two types of milk. 1. Pre-milk: This milk is thinner- more watery- has less calories, nutrients, etc. 2. Cream: The thicker milk that it takes baby longer to get to. It is more filling, has more nutrients, calories etc. Both types of milk are good for your baby, but the 2nd type is necessary to help with growth. It's definitely something to talk to your doc. about because it could mean there are problems with your supply.



If he's only getting the pre-milk, he would be hungrier also. It's comparable to drinking skim milk instead of a cup of cream. The cream fills you longer.

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