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Short Story: Even our poop has a tale to tell. Ever since Dr.Oz dropped some bowel knowledge to the housewives of North America on Oprah you’ve probably been peeping in the bowl yourself. Now you have a baby and there’s no avoiding the visual acknowledgement….and the questions. The colour of the poop can indicate a few things they have going on in their little bodies
Chart below is applicable to breastfed babies. Eating solid foods, toys, crayons and other edible and non-edible items will have an effect on the colour and texture.
|Colour||What it Could Mean||Source|
|Black and tarry||Giving Birth: Nailed It||Your uterus|
|Dark Green/Black, constipated||Baby is getting a lot of iron (fortified cereals, formula)||1|
|Green, frothy||Lactose overload and/or a hindmilk/foremilk imbalance. Consult a lactation consultant about block nursing||1|
|Yellow/Mustard to Brown||Normal BF poop. Yellow means milk is moving through baby’s body quickly and brown more slowly||2, 3|
|Red (blood)||Blood in stool may mean a tear of baby’s anus or hemorrhoids; a milk allergy; or an infection. Best to see a Dr. about blood in the stool. If blood is black it means it has been digested and may be from mom’s cracked nipples||2|
|White||May indicate use of antacids; an infection; problems with the liver; or problems with bile production||3 , 4|
|Pale, Foul Smelling, Fatty||Possible gluten intolerance||4|
This list is not inclusive and does not replace the advice of a health professional