Babies don’t come with a ‘how-to’ manual and you are left clueless about a lot of what’s going on with them. However, over time, mothers learn that their babies do communicate, especially about the state of their health.
One way your baby talks to you is through her poop (stool). A healthy baby should have at least one poop daily (although breastfed babies can go days without stooling sometimes). The poop should also range in colour from yellow to tan.
Here are Some Poop Signs All is Not Well With Your Baby
1. Greenish Poop
Greenish poop occurs mostly with breastfed babies. When a baby nurses, she gets the fore milk first (a watery milk high in lactose and protein). This milk quenches her taste and is important for brain development and the release of energy. As she continues to feed, a richer, creamier milk high in fat called the hindmilk comes out and this is need for optimal growth and for your baby to feel satiated.
Green poop in your baby’s diaper means she’s getting more of the foremilk and very little of the richer hindmilk.
Green poop could also be your baby reacting to certain food or medications you take, or she having a stomach bug.
You actually do not need to worry about this poop colour if she’s feeding well and gaining weight. However, if it bothers you that much, you might want to have it checked out and remedied.
You can correct foremilk/￼hindmilk imbalance by practicing block feeding (feeding from just one breast for a few hours before transferring to the other) or expressing a little milk just before your baby feeds.
You also might want to look into changing any food or medications that makes your baby react so strongly.
2. Water, Bloody, or Mucus-filled Poop
This is usually a sign your baby has an infection and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your baby should be taken to a pediatrician who will diagnose the type of infection and prescribe the right drugs for it.
3. Hard, Pebble-Like Poop
Hard stool is more common with formula-fed babies. Your baby strains to pass out stool and when she finally does, it comes out hard or pebble-like.
Although rare, a breastfed baby can also be constipated if her mother takes insufficient water or if the weather is quite hot.
An instant remedy to constipation in babies is to give enough water (for formula fed babies) or take in enough water as a mom (for breastfed babies).
4. White, Chalk-Like Poop
White stool means your baby has a problem with digestion. Her body may be producing inadequate bile from her liver to properly break down her food.
You should consult a pediatrician if you notice this.
5. Black Blood in Your Baby’s Poop
This occurs when your baby ingests blood from your cracked or bleeding nipple while breastfeeding. It is usually no cause for alarm, but you might want to have it checked out to rule out any underlying health conditions.