What Your Newborn’s Poop Tells You About Their Health:
Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding
Mucus in Baby Poo:
The Most Important Thing You Should Know About Newborn Poop:
Newborn poo is a normal part of your new born life. It’s good for them!
If they don’t have enough to eat, they’ll cry and then it will be time to feed again. But if you want to see how healthy your child really is, you need to know what their poop looks like when they’re young.
Here are some facts about newborn poop:
It’s usually white or light brown in color. Some babies’ poop is greenish-blue, others have dark purple, and still others have yellow/brown.
They all look different from each other because there are so many variations in the way babies poop. There are even cases where one baby has pink poop while another has blue. It’s all perfectly normal.
All babies’ poop floats in the beginning because they don’t eat anything that sinks, but as soon as they start eating vegetables and other foods with a lot of fiber, their poop will start to sink.
Breastfed babies’ poop is normally brown or green (mixed with the yellow of the milk). This should not cause alarm.
It’s still healthy and normal as long as it’s not explosive (see below).
Breastfed babies have a lot more poop than formula-fed babies. They may even poop several times a day.
Formula-fed babies usually poop just once or twice a day, and the poop is often human shaped or comes out in one solid mass (little snakes).
Formula-fed babies may also have a little green poop, so if you see green poop and know your baby was formula fed, don’t worry too much.
There are several types of explosive poop. Poop that flies everywhere is the most common, but explosive poop that also shoots out mucus is the worst.
This type of explosive diarrhea can be incredibly dangerous and difficult to clean up, so if you see signs of it, make sure you wear rubber gloves (you should be doing this anyway) and prepare everything as quickly as possible because it will only get worse by the second.
Newborn poop is usually watery because their systems are still young and developing. In the beginning, their poop may seem more like pee.
Dark green poop or poop with streaks of blood are signs that something is wrong and you need to seek advice from your pediatrician immediately.
Stools that float are not a good sign either. This means that the baby’s stools contain a lot of air, which usually means they aren’t digesting food properly.
Generally, if your baby’s poop floats, you should start thinking about altering your diet or talking to a doctor.
Although some parents worry excessively about the color of their babies’ poop, there is no need to do so. There are lots of shades of poop and as long as it’s coming out in some form, it’s nothing to worry about.
A good poop is one that comes out easily and doesn’t cause too much of a mess. A bad poop is one that you can’t control, makes a huge mess and smells really badly (explosive diarrhea).
Learning how to deal with poop is all about balancing out how much fiber your baby eats and how much milk you feed them.
If your baby’s poop is hard and pellet-like, this means that their stools are not formed well. This is generally caused by not enough milk being consumed.
To fix this, make sure they are nursing or drinking formula frequently. If you are supplementing with bottles, try offering the bottle a few more times in a row to see if that helps.
If your baby’s poop is undigested or resembles the original food, then they aren’t digesting their food properly. This is usually caused by feeding your baby food that is either too complicated or not healthy enough.
For instance, if you give your baby apple sauce every day, but the apples were bad, then their stools will still resemble apples and not come out right.
If you’re breastfeeding, low supply can cause problems with pooping. If this is the case, be sure to nurse your baby more often.
More frequent feedings will help with pooping because it rids the digestive tract of waste better.
If you’re bottle-feeding, you may want to consider switching formulas or adding in an extra feeding or two with a different formula. Consult with your pediatrician before making any changes though.
Green poop can mean a few different things. For starters, it could simply mean that your baby ate a lot of green veggies.
In this case, there’s nothing to worry about. However, green poop can also be a sign of an underlying health problem so if you see green, bring it up at the next doctor’s visit.
Yellow and oily looking poop most often means that the baby is eating a lot of rich, fatty foods. Cut back on the cream in their diet and limit oily foods for a couple days.
After a couple days of healthy eating, the poop should look normal again.
There’s a lot of debate over whether or not to put babies on a schedule. Some doctors and parents say it’s necessary, while others say it stamps out the joy of learning to do things on your own time.
This is completely up to you. I’ve had success with both methods, so it really is a personal choice.
If you decide to start a routine, remember that all babies are different. They need to poop and eat on their own schedule — not yours.
For example, my daughter was born at 10:30 at night. She slept until 6 the next morning then slept again until noon.
After that she slept three hours in the afternoon and went until 11 that night.
I tried the routine out for a few days and then finally just gave up. I fed her when she was hungry and changed her diaper when she needed it and within a week, she had a system going that worked out just fine.
If you find that your baby is sleeping longer stretches than what’s recommended in the book (like my daughter), then don’t worry about it. Every baby will have their own sleep pattern that they like.
Remember, there’s no right or wrong way when it comes to parenting. Do what is best for you and your baby and you can’t go wrong.
When your baby turns two months old, you’ll be given a chance to add another little one to the family. The father has mixed feelings about the situation.
Your choices are:
Add Baby #2 – (page 17)
Go to Add Baby #2
If you choose to not have another baby right now, turn to page 32.
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