Green BM / Slow weight gain

Patty - posted on 06/14/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My son is currently 4 months old and is exclusively BF. He currently sleep from 11 pm until 8-9am and nurses every 2 hours through the day for anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes. I have been told by lactation consultants that the green BM's are because he is not getting enough hind milk, but I am unsure of how to get him to nurse longer so he gets more hind milk. I try to nurse him on one side only so that he is forced to get as much hind milk as possible, but he becomes inpatient and I just switch him to the other side after becoming frustrated myself. He is also only 12 lbs at 4 months and was born at 7 lbs even. I know he is in the lower percentile of weight gain and I wonder if he is getting enough to eat. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Patty - posted on 06/16/2009

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He is 5% for his weight, 20% for his height, and 60% for his head. They are not green and frothy, I guess the best way to describe it is it is the same as a normal EBF baby but the wrong color. I spoke to the consultants again today and they don't think it is a for/hind milk inbalance. I was advised to eat more iron and protein because it may help him gain weight better, maybe I am eating too much iron. I will cut some out of my diet again and see what happens!

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Felicia - posted on 04/07/2014

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just curious, as I see this is an old post....What did you discover? I'm having the exact same issue...happy baby, green poop. I'd love to benefit from your experience!

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ive heard green poo may also be a food allergy?



and as for being small, thats not always bad. someones got to be at the bottom of those bell curves, right? my girl is 8 months and a little over 15 lbs. she is like 15% for weight but her growth is slow and steady. the doctor says shes thriving and healthy and will only worry if the growth curve levels off. i also heard that the growth curve charts for breastfed babies are different because BF babies tend to be slimmer. the BF baby chart was somewhere on the world health organization (WHO) website.



good luck!

Awilda - posted on 06/17/2009

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p.s. i don't do this all the time, only when he pulls off a lot and doesn't feed long. this way i know if he isn't getting a lot, he is at least getting the better part of the milk.

Awilda - posted on 06/17/2009

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My baby is only a month, but i have tried the following and it has worked for me as he is gaining weight pretty well according to his pediatrician. When he is showing signs of hunger, express some foremilk by way of pump or however u prefer. I would leave some of it just to give him that start with the foremilk that he is used to. By getting some of the foremilk out, you know that he is getting a lot of hindmilk however long he nurses because that is all that is left (which is the creamier, fattier milk anyway!) try this and post how it works out for you! good luck!

Karen - posted on 06/16/2009

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I know there are several opinions of why their bowels can become green. The most frequent reason I read (and my pediatrician advised) was when there is an iron increase in your diet, especially when you are also taking pre-natal vitamins daily while nursing. My daughter is also lower percentile (20%) but her doctor said considering her height is also the same (20%) she just may be petite. When the percentages differ then there may be a weight issue.

Yvonne - posted on 06/16/2009

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Are his poopies green and frothy? That would indicate fore/hind milk imbalance. Or are they green and mucousy? If the latter,that could be a sign of a food sensitivity to something you are eating. Dairy is a big one, as is Soy and Egg. here's more info.
Check out http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/bf-...

Patty - posted on 06/16/2009

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Well we saw the pediatrician today for his 4 month well baby check and he is having us start solids already and seems a little concerned that he is in the 5th percentile of weight. Thanks for all the supportive comments and the reassurance!

Tricia - posted on 06/15/2009

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Your diet affects the amount of milk you make but has little impact on the composition of your milk. Green poops are normal, too. If your baby is active, alert, and otherwise developing normally, don't worry about low-on-the-curve weight gain. The curves are based on bottle babies anyway.

Patty - posted on 06/15/2009

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I just recently started drinking mothers milk tea 3 weeks ago to increase my supply, and I was not told that it can have that affect. I was also just recently told that sometimes it means the baby is getting too much sugar and that would come from my diet right?

Lori - posted on 06/15/2009

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My baby has had green poops off and on since he was born, and this is quite normal for BF babies, as previous post said. (My son gained about double the typical amount for the first few months on breastmilk only, so was clearly getting plenty of hindmilk.) My lactation consultant said that green color often corresponds to growth spurts, but can also be affected by mother's diet. For instance, Fenugreek (taken to increase supply) evidently can cause liquidy, green poops.

Lindsey - posted on 06/14/2009

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My doctor said that green BM's are completely normal in breastfed babies. As long as its staying soft/liquid form then their shouldn't be a problem. When he's done eating and if he seems content then I would say hes getting enough. If he wasn't getting enough to eat, I'm sure he would let you know. Good luck

Beth - posted on 06/14/2009

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I have heard that you can nuese, then about an hour later, offer the first side again. For instance, start on left, feed a little on the right, stop, wait some time, maybe not even an hour, then the left again. He will be getting more hind milk this way... Not sure exactly how to execute this... I think you can go to kelleymom.com (or a simular page) and find this easily... : ) Good luck! : )

Beth - posted on 06/14/2009

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I have heard that you can nuese, then about an hour later, offer the first side again. For instance, start on left, feed a little on the right, stop, wait some time, maybe not even an hour, then the left again. He will be getting more hind milk this way... Not sure exactly how to execute this... I think you can go to kelleymom.com (or a simular page) and find this easily... : ) Good luck! : )

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