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Stools and Breastfeeding

Sometimes mothers are worried to see green colour of stools. This is not a major cause of worry. This could be due to the fact that the baby has started with a new item of which he is not used to. Sometimes babies get too much foremilk and thus  tend  to suffer from gas, colic and green stools.Know more about the causes and the reasons of green stools.

Why are my child's stools green?

Breastfed children usually have yellow stools, and tend to pass stools several times a day. Once you start babies on solids, their stools may thicken slightly and may have a stronger odour than they did. As you shift your baby to solids from a fully breastfed diet, her stool colour is bound to change. At times it just darkens, in which case there is not need to be unduly concerned. At times, the addition of a certain food may cause her stool colour to turn green. Perhaps she is allergic to something? Perhaps she is not yet ready to be fed a particular food? Or perhaps she is just not ready to start solids? Try cutting out any new item from her diet, or wait for two to three more weeks before restarting her on solids

My baby is exclusively breastfed, but despite this, her stools are green. Why?

This usually happens when mothers have an abundant breast milk supply, and when there is an imbalance in the amount of foremilk and hindmilk a baby receives. When babies get too much foremilk and not enough hindmilk, tend to suffer from gas, colic and green stools

How do you know if your baby is getting too much foremilk?

If your baby is getting too much foremilk and not much hindmilk, she will want to feed frequently. Such babies feed for long periods of time. Foremilk is easily digested, which is why your baby feels hungry more often. This naturally results in excessive milk supply, making matters worse: it's a catch-22 situation. Essentially, foremilk is low caloric food, and high in lactose, which is what causes the gas, loose stools and colic. 

If you are producing too much milk, your breast may leak several times during a feed, causing your baby to gag and choke. If you feel your breast is leaking too rapidly for your baby, simply detach the baby for a few moments and let the milk run down, or catch it in a cup. Lie down in a reclined position and let your baby latch on again.  

How can you avoid overfeeding her?

Let your baby control his own feeds, and come off the breast when he wants to. Feed him from one breast over a three hour period. So if your child wants to nurse several times within three to four hours, offer him the same breast You could offer him the second breast when he has had enough and has been fed for three to four hours, but if he doesn't want to feed any more, leave him. If you feel your unused breast is leaking, you could express the milk from it. Express just enough so you remain comfortable. Essentially, what is important is to avoid going from breast to breast while feeding your baby. If you stick to one breast for a three to four hour period, and then to the other for the same amount of time, your baby's discomfort, gas and green stools will be greatly reduced. All the best! 

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Aarti.9 years ago
this was very helpful to me.
Karen.9 years ago
i have been unable to find any information on why my son's stools are green. this may be the issue. i look forward to seeing if the suggestions will help him.
Jen.9 years ago
green stools can also result from a food allergy/sensitivity...i.e. dairy products in moms diet (dairy is the most common offender). other high allergy foods include nuts, eggs, corn, wheat... so this also should be a consideration. it can take 2-3 weeks to get the allergen out of your system.
Bubalinska.9 years ago
fantastic! sums me up - dairy cow with excessive fast flowing milk, gassy baby.

i will try this advice and hopefully things will become less green!!
Mia.9 years ago
thanks for a very useful article, the best i read! i completely makes sense and describes my situation: i have lots of milk, my 1 month old baby feeds non-stop (and started having green stool and colic)and, following standard advice, i've been changing breasts with every feed: that's what i've been doing wrong!
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