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I've heard that green poo means they're getting too much milk? Help!

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Dawnybabe Sat 29-Aug-09 23:38:51

My 3mo dd is exclusively breast fed, around four or five times a day for 20 mins - half an hour each time, and she usually went about three days before having a big poo. Now she's pooing three or four times a day, it's going green and she's not settling very well. Her milk intake hasn't changed noticeably. What's going on?

llareggub Sat 29-Aug-09 23:54:58

Teething, perhaps? Both my babies have had green poo when teething.

spookycharlotte121 Sat 29-Aug-09 23:57:05

i thought it meant they had wind when their poo was green?

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sun 30-Aug-09 00:06:57

i have never heard that it means too much milk hmm I though green poo meant an infection of some kind ie symptoms of a cold/bug?

Oh so many different things people think it means. interested to find out what it really means, but I am sure its not too much milk, I think that turns it white/paler?

llareggub Sun 30-Aug-09 00:12:12

I did google it the other day. I'll see if I can find it, hang on.

llareggub Sun 30-Aug-09 00:14:00

what babycentre say

llareggub Sun 30-Aug-09 00:20:34

I don't know where I got the info about teething!

pania Sun 30-Aug-09 00:54:00

Ds1 (exclusively breastfed) used to have mostly green poos, and often quite mucousy. I don't think it really means anything in itself - he was always very happy and healthy, and big and strong, and still is.
It started at about 3 months IIRC and I think in the end I put it down to teething.

pania Sun 30-Aug-09 01:11:31

Meant to say he's now 3 and a half tears old!

pania Sun 30-Aug-09 01:13:47

Bloody hell 3 1/2 YEARS old.
He's not exclusively breastfed any more though smile but was until he was 7 months old.

mathanxiety Sun 30-Aug-09 02:09:47

Is it dark green or light green? (Sorry to ask) I notice if my DD eats licorice her poo turns dark green. I think there's a food dye issue here, but also there's iron in licorice.

Jacksmama Sun 30-Aug-09 02:49:47

Green poo is usually due to a relative excess of foremilk (relative to hindmilk). Foremilk contains more sugar, hindmilk more fat. The sugars somehow can turn poo green (don't know how). However, it's only a problem if baby is fussy, windy and uncomfortable - which some babies are if they get too much foremilk. In that case, it can help to let baby nurse from one breast for the entire feeding to get more hindmilk.

But poo colour is completely immaterial if baby has no tummy distress at all and is happy and healthy. DS frequently had bright neon green poos. Didn't seem to bother him. Whenever I ate beetroot, his poo turned purple. Gorgeous colour, actually grin.

For more info, see and type "foremilk-hindmilk imbalance" in the search box.

Grendle Sun 30-Aug-09 21:26:37

Drinking lots of OJ is another potential cause of green poo. Anything changed in your diet recently?

If your baby is well, happy, gaining some weight and there are no signs of a prob, then green poo alone isn't a big deal smile.

LovelyTinOfSpam Sun 30-Aug-09 21:29:58

DD1 had green poo quite a lot and everything was fine - she was happy and pooed weed regularly etc and was growing so I didn't let it bother me. Man they were lurid though.

DD2 (9wo) is currently sticking to yellow grin

Agree with others could be teething.

pushmepullyou Sun 30-Aug-09 21:48:38

Green poo just means that it has passed through the bowel quite quickly. This can be due to high 'foremilk' consumption - there is more lactose, which is a mild laxative in the foremilk, or can be due to a mild bug or teething if she is swallowing a lot of saliva.

My DD (EBF) had a few spells of green poo lasting up to a fortnight, but it never seemed to bother her. Mentioned it to my GP, who was BFing her DD and she told me that poo could vary enoromously and as long as she was OK 'in herself' it was nothing to worry about.

mathanxiety Sun 30-Aug-09 22:08:07

Should that be pooed comma weed, Lovelytinofspam?

LovelyTinOfSpam Mon 31-Aug-09 21:53:15

No, mathanxiety.

I stand by my post.

Remember rumplestiltskin? Like that, but with more dreadlocks.

We have made a fortune grin

<dodges pedants>

Dawnybabe Tue 01-Sep-09 11:00:45

Thanks for all your help guys, nice to hear some words of reassurance. Her poo has returned to its uniform mustard and she seems a bit more settled actually, so perhaps she just had an upset tummy, I don't know.
Cheers anyway! smile

Bridie321 Wed 02-Sep-09 16:53:34

Hi there

I was also told by several midwives that green poop (looks a bit like pesto) rather than yellowy poop means that the baby is getting mainly fore milk and not enough of the fatty hind milk.

I was advised to offer only one breast per feed and offer the same breast again if the baby wanted to feed again within the hour...

Anyway - glad to hear that your little one is back to normal!


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