Poop in Breastfed Babies: What to Expect

What to expect?

You might think that there are no surprises in breastfeeding. You may have been expecting some milk or formula leftovers after feeding your child.

But what do you really need to know about the poop?

Here’s a list of things you should know about the poop before nursing your baby:

1) Your Baby Has Poop in His Stomach (Mucus) – Yes, it Is Normal!

Your baby’s poop is normal. It is part of the natural process of infant development.

Some babies don’t produce much poop at all, but most produce small amounts of poo throughout their lives. There are many reasons why your baby produces large quantities of poop, such as:

The baby is born with a large amount of gas in his stomach. This causes him to expel the excess gas through his stools which are usually yellowish brown in color.

Some babies are born without enough fat reserves to make up for the lack of stool production. They will then excrete the excess stool through their stools.

These stools are sometimes called “watery” because they look like water when they pass out from under the tongue.

A baby may have a problem with constipation, which means that he doesn’t produce enough bowel movements during his first year of life. This should be addressed by the baby’s pediatrician.

A baby may have an excess of mucus in his stomach, which is later expelled through his mouth. This type of poop is usually white or yellow in color.

If your baby has green poop or green mucus, then he might be suffering from reflux. The reflux causes the acid from his stomach to come back up into his throat and mouth, and it eventually comes out through his stools or nose.

Reflux is a very common problem in babies that causes intense heartburn.

2) Newborn Baby Poop

Babies under one month usually pass out yellow or white stools after feeding. These are called meconium stools, and they are very sticky and difficult to clean off your baby’s butt area.

This means that the baby has passed out meconium poop through his backside. These babies usually have not eaten anything else except your milk or formula.

3) One Month Old Baby Poop

A month old baby usually has greenish brown poop mixed with a yellow fluid that looks like pee. This is called seedy poop and is caused by the breastfeeding that your baby receives.

At this age, your baby should pass out only one seedy poop after every feeding. Seedy stools are usually soft and easy to clean off the baby’s rear end.

4) Two Month Old Baby Poop

Two month old baby poop is easy to recognize. It’s usually yellow, with greenish brown specks in it.

This type of poop usually has a very bad smell, and the baby may pass out more than one of these stools during a feeding.

5) Three Month Old Baby Poop

At this age the poop starts taking on a chocolate color, and it starts becoming solid. A three month old baby may pass out only one or two light brown stools after every feeding.

These stools are easy to wipe clean off the baby’s butt. After every feeding, you should wipe your baby’s butt with a wet cloth and clean it with a soft baby toilet paper.

6) Four Month Old Baby Poop

Four month old babies usually start taking on a dark brown or even black color in their poop. These stools are usually very soft and can be broken down very easily with just two fingers.

After every feeding, you will find a small amount of soft black poop that has a chocolaty smell.

7) Five Month Old Baby Poop

At this age, your baby’s poop might start taking on a yellowish brown color. The poop should also start becoming very soft at this age, and it should also break down with just one finger.

The baby’s stool is very sweet, and it smells like malt. The baby’s poop should not smell very bad at this age.

8) Six Month Old Baby Poop

At six months, the baby’s poop starts becoming a lot more solid and less runny than before. The baby should pass out only one or two light brown stools after every feeding.

The baby’s stool will probably start having a very sweet smell and will not smell very bad at all.

9) Seven Month Old Baby Poop

At seven months old, the baby’s poop starts taking on a gray color. It should be very easy to wipe clean off the baby’s butt with just one or two wipes.

This type of poop usually has a sweet smell, and it should start breaking down into small pieces with just your finger.

10) Eight Month Old Baby Poop

At eight months, you should start noticing a change in your baby’s poop. The poop starts taking on a dark yellow color.

At this age, the baby passes out only one or two light yellow stools after every feeding. These poops are very easy to wipe clean off the baby’s butt with just one or two wipes.

11) Nine Month Old Baby Poop

Ninth month old babies usually pass out only one type of poop called meconium poop. Meconium poop is black in color, and it has a slightly sticky texture.

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