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Doctor insights on: Brown Poop In A Breastfed Baby

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Bowel Movement (Definition)

Expulsion of fecal material, food residue and bactrial residue, ...Read more


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How many times a day should my breastfed baby poop?

How many times a day should my breastfed baby poop?

3 - 4: A young breastfed baby usually poops after every feeding or after every-other feeding (averaging 3-4 poops a day). As the weeks go by, babies tend to poop less often, some twice a day while others once every-other day. As long as a baby is normal in eating, growth, and development; and does not have constipation, bloating, or tummy aches; then the number of poops per day is not very important. ...Read more

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When should I worry about my 1 week old breastfed baby not pooping.?

When should I worry about my 1 week old breastfed baby not pooping.?

If they act sick: A baby who is eager to feed and stays in their usual pattern is usually fine. Breast fed babies can have a little poo each feed or a big blowout every 7-10 days. If the belly is soft and baby happy, give it some time. ...Read more

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3 month old breastfed baby ate a lot, then was being very fussy then had green very smelly poop. What could cause this?

3 month old breastfed baby ate a lot, then was being very fussy then had green very smelly poop. What could cause this?

Common: The list of causes for fussiness is endless, but pretty common for young infants. Stool color is defined by pigments added by the liver, which start out a dark green and change through lighter green/yellows and browns depending on how long it takes to move through digestion and how the germs act on it. The scenario is not uncommon or worrisome. ...Read more

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2.5 week old breastfed baby had normal mustardy poops but now has green, mucus poop. He is perfectly fine otherwise. Is this normal?

2.5 week old breastfed baby had normal mustardy poops but now has green, mucus poop. He is perfectly fine otherwise. Is this normal?

Green is normal: The body adds bile to the digestive process that colors the poo. It starts out dark green & gradually changes through green, yellow & brown as agents make metabolic changes to the bile. Green is a normal stool color that can infer things are moving through quickly. ...Read more

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My 2 month old breastfed baby is pooping olive green liquid. It is the consitency of water and he poops 6-10 times a day. What could be wrong?

My 2 month old breastfed baby is pooping olive green liquid. It is the consitency of water and he poops 6-10 times a day. What could be wrong?

Diarrhea: A 2-mo-old baby who is having diarrhea 6-10 times/day should be seen by a qualified physician to ensure that the baby is not getting dehydrated and then evaluate for possible causes. ...Read more

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I think I have a stomach bug my poop is green and I'm pooping a lot can that change the color/texture of my 4month old breastfed baby poop?

I think I have a stomach bug my poop is green and I'm pooping a lot can that change the color/texture of my 4month old breastfed baby poop?

Stomach virus: Is your stool watery? The color is not very important, your 4 mos old baby can get diarrhea if he catches the virus from you, so make sure you wash your hands before taking care of your baby & use hand sanitizer, lysol surfaces particularly in the bathroom. Feel & enjoy your baby. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes yellow noisy watery poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

What causes yellow noisy watery poop in breastfed babies? I know its normal but I'm just curious why it's not solid & brown.

Breast milk: Is the ideal food for babies. As such, most of it is absorbed in the GI tract, leaving little left over to form a solid stool. Color is dependent on the type of food ingested, how fast it moves through the intestine and the overall functioning of the gallbladder. ...Read more

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If I eat prunes, will that help my breastfed baby poo easier?

If I eat prunes, will that help my breastfed baby poo easier?

No: Prunes work by providing fiber to your colon. And this fiber is not absorbed and thus cannot be passed in breast milk. ...Read more

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My 4 months breastfed baby has greenish poo with mucus. Please advice.?

My 4 months breastfed baby has greenish poo with mucus. Please advice.?

It's ok: Exclusively breast fed babies can have stools that go from yellow and runny to green in color depending on what they are eating. The iron in vitamins or cereal will change the color of the stool. Black and tar like stools or frankly bloody stools are of concern. ...Read more

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3 month breastfed baby had blood in stool. Seeing doctors already, just want other opinions on possible cause?

3 month breastfed baby had blood in stool. Seeing doctors already, just want other opinions on possible cause?

Bloody milk stools: The most common cause of blood in the stool of an exclusively breast fed infant is from ingesting blood from a cracked or inflamed nipple. Other causes include rectal trauma from temperature taking, or intestinal obstruction (this is very uncommon, and usually associated with pain, vomiting, poor feeding, etc.) Breast milk allergy is very rare. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby? Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

Why is it necessary to give vitamin D supplements to my breastfed baby?  Doesn’t human milk have all the essential nutrients for babies?

Yes: Human breast milk indeed is nutritionally complete — provided the mother is complete — if the mother has an adequate blood level of vitamin d so will her milk. Simply put — if she is a breastfeeding lifeguard who doesn't use sunscreen — her milk is perfect. If she stays inside — an oral supplement of at least 5000iu will provide adequate levels in her milk. ...Read more

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What causes yellowish greenish seedy watery like poo in 1week infant?breastfed on demand

What causes yellowish greenish seedy watery like poo in 1week infant?breastfed on demand

That is normal: for a newborn baby who is breast feeding. That color will likely become more yellow over the next week or two. Enjoy your baby! ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 10-week-old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?

Is it normal for a 10-week-old infant who is exclusively breastfed to not have had a bowel movement in two days?

Yes: Many exclusively breast fed infants poop as often as 10-12 times a day in the beginning but by two months can stool as little as once a week. When they go they will fill several diapers... Your child is wonderfully normal. ...Read more

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My baby's poop is stringy and a brownish color. She's 4 months and is only breastfed. Did give her a little applesauce but that was weeks ago?

My baby's poop is stringy and a brownish color. She's 4 months and is only breastfed. Did give her a little applesauce but that was weeks ago?

This sounds normal: But you should follow your PEDIATRICIAN's advice about introduction of solid foods and foods with more "bulk" to promote more sold bowel movements. You are 19 and forgive me if I say (as a father of 3 grandfather of 6) that you are quite young and need some friendly advice about what is normal for your baby! Congrats and Good Luck I wish you and your baby Good Health!
Hope this helps
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Ordered sandwich and realized it had lettuce that had a brown spot that was slightly slimy. Removed it. Ate sandwich. Could this harm breastfed baby?

Ordered sandwich and realized it had lettuce that had a brown spot that was slightly slimy. Removed it. Ate sandwich. Could this harm breastfed baby?

Very, very unlikely: The dangerous salmonella does not produce a visible sign. This was probably just a bit old or stored w/ moisture. Removal was good and if you are not ill — there's close to no risk of your milk being bad. Don't worry — that can be more harmful to both of you. Unless you know the restaurant well, eat home cooking to avoid risk, save $ and know the nutritional input if you really care about it. ...Read more

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My 4 month baby did not poop for the past 2 days is that normal? She is breastfed only

My 4 month baby did not poop for the past 2 days is that normal? She is breastfed only

Normal: Many breastfed infants will go days in between stools as they are able to digest that wonderful breast milk so completely that they don't have a lot of leftover to make lots of stools. If your baby's poops are soft/runny when she does have them, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Keep up the great feeding routine! ...Read more

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My 3 month breastfed & formula (on occasions) baby poop had tiny little black specs in his poo? Is this normal or should I be concerned?

My 3 month breastfed & formula (on occasions) baby poop had tiny little black specs in his poo? Is this normal or should I be concerned?

Baby bowel movement: The only time we are concerned with color of a baby's stool is if it is white or has blood in it. Changes in stool's color, consistency is normal. ...Read more

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My breastfed 3 mth old baby did not poop yesterday. Is that a concern?

My breastfed 3 mth old baby did not poop yesterday. Is that a concern?

No: Your child does not have to have a daily bowel movement. As babies get older, the frequency of bowel movements will decrease. As long as there is no straining or hard stools, nothing to do. ...Read more

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My baby is five months old not being breastfed and has seedy poop is that normal

Yes: Can be. Babies digest different formulas in different ways. Ig healthy, growing and not uncomfortable, do not nworry. ...Read more

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My baby is 4 months old and strictly breastfed. Why was there a long, green, mucusy, stringy thing in her poop?

My baby is 4 months old and strictly breastfed. Why was there a long, green, mucusy, stringy thing in her poop?

Stool varies: Stool color, consistency etc. Varies with diet, hydration, viruses, etc. Granted the baby's diet hasn't changed, but sometimes the poop is effected by what mom eats. Sometimes it's a virus that turns stool green. The most important thing is that the baby continues to nurse/drink/void/stool well, and is acting normal. If everything else is fine, don't worry about a little green poop. ...Read more

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How long can a breastfed 4month old baby go without pooping?

How long can a breastfed 4month old baby go without pooping?

Variable: If baby is breast fed they may stool a little smear every feeding or one big crib full once a week. Breast milk is so well digested that it may not leave much behind for poo. If it is soft, the frequency of stooling is not important. ...Read more

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My 2 month old baby had a poops diaper with streaks of red blood. He is breastfed, and mom has noticed an oversupply. Anything to worry about?

My 2 month old baby had a poops diaper with streaks of red blood. He is breastfed, and mom has noticed an oversupply.  Anything to worry about?

Yes: Visible blood in a baby's stool is a cause for concern. Sometimes, they can feed from a mother's cracked or bleeding nipples but swallowed maternal blood should be digested. Visible blood is a sign of lower intestinal or anal/rectal bleeding and should be evaluated by a qualified professional right away. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to kiss my 16 week old breastfed baby on the lips? If yes, why?

Is it dangerous to kiss my 16 week old breastfed baby on the lips? If yes, why?

No: Your infant has a working immune system. Most relatives of mine kiss babies all over. Avoid if you have cold sores or an upper respiratory infection. ...Read more

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