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Old 04-29-2008, 02:57 AM   #1
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DD was a preemie, so her just eating out of a bottle was a good thing... Now we're trying to transition her to entirely boob, and it... hasn't been fun. She needs to eat ALL the time now, and we still try to do a pumped bottle a day to help her sleep (so she gets that really full feeling) but she still has green poo!!!!

What do I do?!

(Oh, and I know the green has to do with not getting enough hind milk, so I always try to get as much of that into her as possible... Which isn' hard, because she honestly nurses for at least 10 hrs a day.... which is no fun for me if you KWIM)

Any help would be appreciated!!!

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Old 04-29-2008, 05:23 AM   #2
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Are her poops consistently green, or just occasionally?

You're right, green poop can be a sign of a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Do you have other signs of having a forceful let-down or "oversupply"?

But green, mucousy poop can also be the sign of an allergy or virus. If her poops are consistently green, it's a good idea to talk to the doctor.

http://www.drjaygordon.com/developme...ricks/poop.asp
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were they green before you started transitioning her to the breast or after? If after, try block feeding. Keep her on one breast for 3 hours and then switch to the next breast for the next 3 hour block.
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Re: Green Poo

green poo can also be a sign of yeast in her belly. did either of you have abx during labor or after?
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Re: Green Poo

I've got no advice for you...I'm having the same problem w/ my twins. I do have a forceful letdown and oversupply but am having trouble keeping it in check despite assigning them to a breast.
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Re: Green Poo

It turned green after.... That's why I"m pretty sure that it's the hind-milk issue

and it's, hard, because she eats ALL the time, and I really do try to give her the hind milk..
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Maybe pump for her just before feeding her and then she will get more hind milk and if she is still hungry--give her the formilk from a bottle?

That's my only idea... good luck, mama. I am glad she is eating so well, though, even if it is from a bottle. Good luck getting her completely onto the breast!
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try pumping off some of the foremilk like MollyJones suggested.
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How often is "all the time"? If she's nursing really frequently (like every hour or more), it seems like there shouldn't be a hindmilk/foremilk issue.

Was she drinking breastmilk from a bottle before you transitioned her to the breast? Did the green poop issue occur right when you transitioned her? How long has it been going on? Would you describe it as frothy or mucousy?

If you do think you have an oversupply, I'd hesitate to do a lot of pumping. Block feeding might be a better choice (such as, keeping her on one breast for all feedings within a 3-hour period, then switch).

Foremilk-hindmilk: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fo...-hindmilk.html
Overactive letdown: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html
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