Change in breastfed baby's stool

Wendy - posted on 01/27/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




I just changed my 5 month old daughter's diaper and noticed that her usual yellow stool has changed to a dark green. Being a little concerned I researched it and found that if a breastfed baby's stool turns green in color it could mean a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance meaning she is getting too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk (the fatty milk that she need to grow). She has been exclusively breastfed until recently...she has been having cereal for the last week. Has anyone been told that before and what should I do?


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Foremilk/hindmilk imbalance can cause green stools. They are usually frothy as well and your baby may be fussy and gassy. If you think that's what it is all you have to do is make sure your baby thoroughly empties your breast before you switch sides. Or you can block feed which is where you offer the same breast for several feedings (I've read 3 hours) then offer the other breast for the next few hours. You offer the same breast until you find that you can no longer squeeze any milk out of it, the time will vary.

Debbie - posted on 01/27/2010




That's normal. Remember your babys stool colour and consistancy will change now that she is on solids. It also depends on what she eats. Once she's on the fruit and veg you'll be amazed at the colours you sometimes get in a nappy.

What they also don't tell you is that from now on it's bye bye oderless stools and hello toxic ones :-)

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When I dealt with a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance it was greyish green. I don't know about dark green. Cereal shouldn't do that either (especially since you shouldn't, and I would expect you aren't giving her very much. Solids will change her stool but not that dramatically). So that seems a little off to me. Is there any mucus in her stool as well?

On a semi-related note, since you just recently started solids, I'd like to encourage you to read this thread I made a little while back...

Laura - posted on 01/27/2010




I wouldnt worry. Their stool color changes when they are introduced to baby foods.

Hannah - posted on 01/27/2010




My son is 3 1/2 months old and while I haven't seen that green color in about a month or so, I saw a common connection between green stools and me drinking coffee in the morning! I still have my morning cup but his stools are no longer green.. I'm thinking maybe he's just adjusted to it? I'd have to agree with Debbie on this one and place the blame on the solids. Your daughters digestive system is most likely just getting used to the difference.

Since we're on the topic of stool differences however, I have a question for you moms! Like I said, my son is 3 1/2 months old and is exclusively breastfed. Recently his poop schedule has changed however and instead of having a dirty diaper (rather than just a wet one) 3-5 times a day, it's gone down to once.. MAYBE twice a day. Plus his stools are no longer seedy and now just runny. (like a puddle in the diaper). I don't THINK I've been eating anything differently.. any suggestions to the cause of this?

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