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Baby poop basics

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Who knew you would be so concerned with baby poop?

Before becoming a parent, you probably didn’t know how concerned you’d be with your baby’s poop! If baby isn’t here yet – take note! In this blog post I break down what you need to know about baby poop.

In breastfed babies, stool typically transitions as such (timing can vary):

  • Day one: Black, tarry, and sticky. This is meconium and important for baby to pass.
  • Days two-three: Black/brownish or brownish/greenish
  • Days four-five: Greenish/yellowish
  • After day five: Yellow and seedy

Some babies may transition through these colors quicker or slower. Weight gain is something we monitor as well to ensure feeding is going well.

Formula-fed babies do not always transition through these, and that is okay! They may have more firm stool, but the color should also be in the earth-tones!

WHAT CONSISTENCY IS NORMAL?

  • Consistency doesn’t matter as much as certain colors.
  • Babies can have loose or thicker poop.
  • If baby is having excessive loose poop and not gaining weight, this should be brought up to your child’s clinician.

WHAT IS ABNORMAL?

  • Poop can be any color except black, red, or white. Earth-tone colors are common. If you are concerned, you can speak to a clinician.
  • Mucus stool is okay in a baby who is gaining weight.
  • If the mucus also has streaks of blood, baby is very irritable with feeds, and/or spitting up more than usual, speak to child’s clinician.

But, wait – what if baby isn’t pooping?! Download my free guide to find out and get more need to know info!

P.S. – Listen to Monday Mornings with Dr. Mona where I answer a question from a mom about poop changes and constipation when introducing solids.

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