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Old 05-15-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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a 2m old to have green stools? Bean has been "off" for the past day, just not herself, snacking more than having meals, she's pale, sleeping more than normal, more fussy, drooling a lot more and her past 3 stools are dark green with hints of the normal BF yellow. However, she's not running a fever. I called the ped and am waiting on a call back, but I gotta go back to work in a few. Anybody have experience w/ there symptoms?

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I think green stools in a breastfed baby is usually a foremolk hindmilk imbalance.
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I think green stools in a breastfed baby is usually a foremolk hindmilk imbalance.
Exactly what I was going to suggest. I had oversupply and had to block feed, which cleared that up.
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That is a foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. Try block feeding. It will usually work out in a day or so. You can read up about it on KellyMom. Unless you have a very lactation friendly/knowledgable office they may not be super helpful. Try calling your local LLL for support.
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That is a foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. Try block feeding. It will usually work out in a day or so. You can read up about it on KellyMom. Unless you have a very lactation friendly/knowledgable office they may not be super helpful. Try calling your local LLL for support.
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She's likely getting more of the foremilk (more watery milk at the beginning of a feed), and not enough hindmilk (extra fatty, thicker richer milk towards the end of the feed).

I would try block feeding. Feed from one breast for 2-3 hours, then do the same thing on the other side.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:51 PM   #6
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Well, that's gonna be difficult. I'm at work from 8am to 8pm, with a quick stop at home around 2 to nurse and grab a bite to eat. Today's unusual because my evening client had a doctor's appointment before I left my morning client. I'm just waiting on a call from her to head over and help get her off the transport.

I've only got 20m between clients if I'm really lucky, so I feed her on one side and pump the other. At work I've only got 10m at 11am and again at around 6pm to assemble/disassemble, pump and wash parts. The only time we can really nurse for any length of time is from the time I get home till I leave again in the morning and weekends. She also gets about 20oz of formula/day M-F to make up the difference since I can't pump enough to cover her daily feedings.
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I have no clue about the breastfeeding, but it could be the formula. We got all kinds of interesting colors of poop at different ages. You could try changing the formula to a sensitive and if she is on a sensitive, change brands. Or, she could be getting sick.
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Well, that's gonna be difficult. I'm at work from 8am to 8pm, with a quick stop at home around 2 to nurse and grab a bite to eat. Today's unusual because my evening client had a doctor's appointment before I left my morning client. I'm just waiting on a call from her to head over and help get her off the transport.

I've only got 20m between clients if I'm really lucky, so I feed her on one side and pump the other. At work I've only got 10m at 11am and again at around 6pm to assemble/disassemble, pump and wash parts. The only time we can really nurse for any length of time is from the time I get home till I leave again in the morning and weekends. She also gets about 20oz of formula/day M-F to make up the difference since I can't pump enough to cover her daily feedings.
She's getting 20 ounces of formula?? Babies only need 25-30oz a day, total!! So you could be overfeeding her. How much do you pump in a day? How many times a day do you nurse?
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I agree with foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, probably caused by the snacking instead of regular feeding. Maybe she's teething? That could account for everything you're describing.
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Oh... iron in formula can cause green poops, I think...
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