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Old 01-01-2008, 05:50 PM   #1
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Green poop - is it a problem?

I know what green baby poo means... oversupply in mom and that baby is getting too much foremilk (more lactose than the hindmilk)... but is it a problem if baby doesn't seem uncomfortable and is growing well?

I don't feel like I have any over supply currently (I used to!) ... and just this past week my baby's poos have turned neon green color. YUCK! They used to be the yellow when she was first born with a few green ones here and there, but then I know I did have oversupply and once my supply figured itself out, her poos turned more orangy... and now back to neon green. All of them are green now...for the past week or so.

Anyone know if this is a problem? Baby seems very content, normal happy personality. And my boobs don't feel overfull at all now. her 12 week appointment she was 12 pounds ...so 70something percentile. definitely getting enough to eat!

oh, and she's 3 months old now.


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Old 01-01-2008, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

Sorry, need more info!

Any more watery than they were before? Foamy? Mucousy? Any skin rashes or other potential allergy signs?

If none of above, she's happy, gaining well, probably no issues. Could just be her or could be the only sign you'll see of a virus.
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Old 01-01-2008, 07:31 PM   #3
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

hmm...

foamy... some of them were.
mucousy...some of them were.
no rashes or skin changes.

when they were the orange color they were just all like normal runny poo, but since they've been green, the milk curd like thing have shown back up (does that make sense? not sure how to explain it really...)
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

our green poo became worse and worse, then blood streaked and it turned out to be a dairy allergy. difference is Griffin was NOT content or comfy. He was 100% miserable.
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

I'd watch and wait for now. Could well be viral. Just take notice -- lasting foamy could very well be a foremilk/hindmilk issue as you mentioned, and lasting mucous would probably point towards a food intolerance.

Our green poop was also allergy related, but it had mucous and eventually blood as well, like the pp. Caroline started out happy but got miserable pretty quickly.
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

Also, in some of the literature I've read, both weight loss and weight gain are signs of oversupply, so it might still be that. (I have an oversupply issue)
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

how old was baby when this started? Olivia all of a sudden turned green around 6 weeks and now they are normal again. Our ped said that around 6-8 weeks babies stomach matures and that poop can be a little funky around that time.
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

does your baby sleep through the night? I have this issue as well some days and I think it is from her sleeping some nights, long periods and then in the morning I am super full and she gets only foremilk and not enough hind milk.

It is not everyday but it is once a day that she has green poop. but it never chnges to orange. It is either greenish or yellow.

If she is gaining and happy, Id say dont worry about it. As long as it isnt consistently frothy or smelly it might just be a change in your diet or just a bit too much foremilk.
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

Thanks guys...I'll give it a few more days and I'll try to be careful with what I eat.
It started just about a week ago....so... 13 weeks old.
She has always been a one sided eater. Always. And she's done in 10 minutes usually. As far as the night time... she eats at around 9ish and sleeps until 4ish (typically)...and then gets a few more hours of sleep and eats anywhere between 7-8 again. During the day she eats in like 3 hour intervals, sometimes she eats more often, but never more often than every 2 hours.
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Re: Green poop - is it a problem?

My son had green poop w/curds until he started solids (when it turned myriad colors ) and there wasn't anything that changed it. I tried cutting things out but it didn't help and he wasn't uncomfortable so I gave up. I did breast massage before nursing etc, but I never had an oversupply issue. More the opposite. And it was only recently that nursings cut down to 10 minutes, so he was definitely on there long enough too.

Sorry to ramble, but I guess I am saying that I don't think it necessarily means anything, unless it is super frothy or streaked with blood.
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