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Old 05-03-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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Unhappy Newborn EBF Poop and Low Supply

My LO is 16 days old and her poop is not a bright yellow like I think it should be, it's more of a brown mustard than a yellow mustard. It's runny and stinky rather than "sweet" smelling and no seediness. I've been having problems with my milk supply. It just never came in right, it seems. It came in really slow and gradual and then from the beginning I just haven't had much. She was still dropping weight at over a week old and she is peeing and pooping plenty but her poops are not the typical EBF poop, so I worry that it has something to do with her not getting enough or not getting proper hindmilk or something. I'm taking massive quantities of galactagogue herbs but I don't even see a difference. Why is my body failing me NOW? I don't have any idea why this happened. She was late to start nursing well...she was not interested at all the first 24 hrs and was super sleepy, but even with that - I can't imagine it effecting my milk coming in and my supply that much! We are nursing constantly and she doesn't seem hungry, she is content and doesn't cry. She is pooping and peeing plenty...but she is slow gaining and her poop is a darker, runny color that doesn't even smell like that sweet, seedy EBF I remember from my other kids. Also, her poops are pretty mucousy. I can't remember if that is normal. My last baby had GERD so badly, that she could never keep enough down and I remember her poops being more like these. Darker and not seedy, with mucus. She rarely spits up, but I worry she isn't taking in enough. Does anyone know if there is a correlation between adequate intake or intake of hindmilk and the seediness and bright yellow color?


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Old 05-03-2012, 04:22 AM   #2
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Re: Newborn EBF Poop and Low Supply

If she is pooping and peeing plenty and not hungry or fussing then I would think your supply is fine. I don't know about any medical explanations for different color or texture in bowel movements, but I do know that if my sons started to smell less sweet that I needed to cut back on dairy. Sorry I can't be more help!
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:59 AM   #3
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Re: Newborn EBF Poop and Low Supply

The change in color/texture/smell can be due to a food sensitivity/allergy or just the way your baby processes something you are eating. I have found there are some foods that make my baby stinky. If she is pooping/peeing enough and gaining, there's nothing to worry about unless she is unhappy.
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Old 05-03-2012, 07:54 AM   #4
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Re: Newborn EBF Poop and Low Supply

I agree with the above. The mucus makes me suspect it is something you are eating. I know that my little one has really dark rank poop if I eat too much coconut milk or red food coloring. So I avoid those.
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Re: Newborn EBF Poop and Low Supply

Some variation in poop is ok and normal. My DD almost never had seedy poops, but my DS did much more often. Mucus-y, bloody, or hard pellet poops are not normal, but other than that, there's a pretty wide range that's ok--even within the same baby.

Is she gaining well now? Have you done a pre- and post feed weight to see how much she is taking in during a nursing session? Has her latch been evaluated to make sure it is effective?
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