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Baby poop is affected by what you feed your baby. Watch our video to learn about what’s normal and when it’s time to consult your pediatrician.
Transcript: What goes in must come out, so expect frequent bowel movements from your constantly eating newborn! Here,...
What goes in must come out, so expect frequent bowel movements from your constantly eating newborn! Here, the scoop on baby poop. Immediately after your little one is born, he or she will pass a tarry substance that is thick and dark green or black in color. Known as meconium, this is simply your infant's intestines engaging in a post-birth cleanse. Expect four to six meconium stools spread out over your baby's first two to three days of life. After this point, stool quality will stem directly from what your baby's eating. While every baby is different, most start to fill their diapers with poop that's not wholly unpleasant smelling and which ranges in color from yellow to green to brown. If you're breastfeeding exclusively, expect to see poop that is loose in texture, often with a seedy or cottage-cheese like texture. Formula-fed babies may have slightly thicker poop, so if you're on diaper duty, expect to see something with a consistency similar to peanut butter. Later on, when you begin to feed your baby solid foods, you'll notice that stools become harder, smellier and generally more like yours. Whatever you're feeding your baby, expect poop anywhere from once a day to once after EVERY feeding! Both ends of the spectrum are normal, although it's common for formula-fed infants to poop less frequently than their breastfed counterparts. If, however, you notice that your baby's stools suddenly decrease OR increase dramatically, or if they become very watery OR hard, make an appointment with the pediatrician. Your little one may be constipated, or have an infection, or food intolerance to something you're passing through your breast milk. In general, it's important to realize that there is no "normal," baby poop pattern. As long as your little one seems happy, comfortable and content, the rule of thumb is that his or her poop is perfect!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-27 | Tags »
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