DD has just finished a course of antibiotics for a horrible cough, and since Wednesday last week (antibiotics started on the Monday, and finished this Monday), she has had green (think pesto colour! ), mucusy poo.
They still have the curds in them, but are just a farlu bizarre colour. Previous to this we had finally got to lovely, breastfed baby poo. Could this be due to the antibiotics?
She has finally started gaining weight (had went from 7lb14 at birth to 7lb4 - but then had a posterior tongue tie snipped on day 10 I think it was, and then this awful cold and cough) - she's now up to 7lb8.
The lactation consultant has told me to double pump after feedings to ensure my milk supply is up (could have been affected by her bad start, and I also have ha a breast reduction), so she is also getting 2-3oz nightly of expressed breast milk.
Lots of wet and these bizarre, dirty nappies.
One final thing - she feeds every 2 - 3 hours during the day, apart from about 5.30pm, when she feeds pretty much constantly until bed at 10.30pm. She will then have a 5-6 hour stretch. Midwife had said as she's now gaining not to wake her, as she is meeting all her targets, now gaining weight, and is a healthy, happy, alert baby. Is the amount she's cluster feeding normal?
I'm constantly getting comments along the lines of 'all she ever does is eat!' Which to a certain extent is true. I'm just a bit all at sea about the amount she is eating and the poo situation.
Not the tongue tie but the timings of feeds and cluster feeding sounds same as my (mix fed) 3 week old son. He also has green poos about a third of the time. Doc said not to worry if less than half. So presumably if more than that you should go to Gp.
Thanks all. We had a mustardy nappy this morning, so I'll keep an eye on it. starlight I'm not at all confident in regard to supply due to previous struggles with DS and the bad start again this time. I think she's getting enough but the fact it is un-measurable is annoying!
Ds had same green poo from 3 weeks to 4 months multiple times a day. Some babies just do. It apparently means things are going through their gut a little quickly. If she has been mucousy with the cold and antibiotics her gut is probably a little out of kilter but the fact she has gone back to mustard coloured ones so quickly is good.
'I read that green poo in an EBF baby can be down to baby not getting enough hind milk. '
Well, that's kind of true, but the point is that it doesn't matter. As a PP said green is usually because it goes through the gut quickly. This is more likely to occur if the fat isn't slowing it down iyswim.
The usual reason for this is abundant supply, which can be reduced by feeding from the same side more than once, but given that it isn't necessary, and that the OP is not likely to have the confidence to do anything that will reduce supply (which is what will hapen if you 'block feed') it is probably better to measure the baby's wellbeing by how alert and well they appear.