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mummy2b Wed 08-Jun-05 09:27:42

My DS is now 5 weeks old and i have been successful with BF so far. But recently i asked my mum if it was normal for my DS's farts to smell really bad (smell is really foul)and my mum said that it wasn't normal! So now i'm starting to worry that there might be something wrong!
Is there anyone who has bf there baby who did suffer with smelly farts? (sorry if tmi)
I dont want to ask hv for i feel really silly worrying about such a thing!
So can someone try to reasure me that everything is ok coz i really dont know at the moment if there is anything wrong or not with my DS!

NotQuiteCockney Wed 08-Jun-05 09:29:23

Hmm, I think my babies' farts smelled like yeast, if I remember correctly. Are his poos scary?

I don't think I'd worry about it, though, if he's generally well and his weight gain is good.

mummy2b Wed 08-Jun-05 09:33:57

His poo is bright orange, his be gaining weight since birth. But always seems unhappy after feeds even when he brings up wind! But he is a baby that farts constantly and smells like brussel sprouts gone off!

tiktok Wed 08-Jun-05 09:54:07

This is truly not something to worry about - if he is thriving and feeding well, there is nothing 'wrong'. But baby poo and baby farts don't usually smell horrible, and bright orange is an unusual colour. I am not usually a great one for linking diet with breastfeeding, and I think most mothers can just eat and drink what they like, but in this case, I do recall more than one mother reckoning that sulpher-producing foods (sprouts, cabbage, green beans, eggs) had this effect on their babies.

If you're worried, then why not ask your HV? It's a shame to feel silly about asking something if it is a worry about the health of your baby....if he was breaking out in green spots, you'd ask

hunkermunker Wed 08-Jun-05 09:59:37

Tiktok, DS had orange poo (with "seedy" curdy bits in it) - I know everyone talks of yellow poo, but DS's was definitely orange.

He gained weight well, was a very happy contented baby (still is!) and I never seemed to have problems producing milk, so I did wonder why it was orange, not the mustard I've heard of.

Had green stringy "weeds" in sometimes too.

Blimey - a whole post re DS's poo. Yuck!

M2B, how is he in himself? Is he a happy baby?

docket Wed 08-Jun-05 10:20:55

er, my ds' poo was also orange (and occasionally stringy!) at the beginning! he was quite a windy baby all round and sometimes his farts smelt foul. anyway, he was and is fine. by the way, what is tmi, i can't work it out?

NotQuiteCockney Wed 08-Jun-05 10:21:27

Oooh, we had green stringy weeds. I remember looking at it and thinking ... "what on earth is coming out of my boobs that he's made that with it?"

DS2 used to strain with gas and struggle to poo. Their guts are new, so they don't always work entirely right, I think.

Fiddling with your diet might not be a bad idea, as tiktok says. Is there anything you're eating loads of these days?

docket Wed 08-Jun-05 10:21:45

too much info?!

hunkermunker Wed 08-Jun-05 11:13:39

NQC - yes, I used to think that too! DH asked me if I'd been feeding him spinach...when he was about 10 weeks old!

Docket, yes, tmi is too much info

chipmonkey Wed 08-Jun-05 15:49:28

ds3 is exclusively bf and has really smelly farts but his poo smells OK, kind of yoghurty. He has also had bright orange poo. HTH! LOL, I was telling my younger brother about MN and he asked, "OH is that the sort of site where you discuss the colour of your baby's poo and I had to answer, "YES!"

starlover Wed 08-Jun-05 15:56:06

while DS was exclusively b/f his poo was also bright orange! with little white milk clots in...

his farts never smelled though!

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