Originally Posted by ShwarmaQueen
the ladies over in Allergies have all kinds of info on this. That might be a good starting place.
I have heard about what she's talking about though. Just dont know much though.
thanks -- i cross-posted ;)
Originally Posted by Pynki
Any of my kids who had green poop after the newborn meconium were usually having problems with something in my diet. One for one of the kids it was orange juice. Also a hindmilk/foremilk imbalance can cause green poos I am remembering. If it's going on since the babe was little is that a possibility? Um... are you feeding any solids? Blueberries can cause some technicolor poops, but if it's been going on since birth, I'd bet more that it's something in your diet.
just started introducing solids, but just tastes of very simple, plain stuff: banana in a mesh feeder, apple wedges and carrot sticks for teething, rice grains (from my plate), a few cheerios, etc. all of this in the past few weeks (she's just now 6 months old). the green poop/blood has been going on most of her life. i have been strictly dairy-free for 7 weeks.
Originally Posted by foreverinbluejeans
Just because someone is a RD doesn't mean they know anything about breastfeeding. An RD may know about breastfeeding because she has a special interest but RDs aren't breastfeeding experts.
Green poop can be from your baby not getting enough of the high fat hind milk. Using only one breast a feeding and letting the baby nurse as long as desired at that breast will allow the baby to get the high fat milk. Next feeding use the other breast.
There is no medical evidence that gluten causes problems in breastfed babies. Since the baby is on medication this will change the baby's gut and it isn't the same as the gut of an EBF baby. Even if the baby stopped the medication the gut would take time to return to that of an EBF. Since the baby is now the starting solids age the baby may never return to the EBF gut.
A normal baby can have green poop and colic issues. Poop comes in lots of colors. We don't know what causes colic (we know some risk factors) or how to fix it. There was an article in Mothering Magazine within the last couple of years about starting solids and how it was important to start a wide variety of foods early so the child would like a lot of healthy foods.
the chiro consulted with colleagues (who knows what that means...maybe an online forum?) about our situation and that's when she came back with the anti-TED advice.
i have always been a one-boob-per-feeding mama unless baby is ravenous.
Originally Posted by Katielady
My guess would be foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, as a PP suggested. I had this going on for a while with my first and corrected it by "block feeding." For a four-hour period, every time baby asked to nurse I'd put him to the right breast, however many nursing sessions that entailed. Then the next four hour block would be for the other breast. This way you ensure the baby really empties the breast and gets the hindmilk. It will also decrease your supply, which can correct the overabundance problem causing the imbalance in the first place. More on that here:
good luck! oh and if it does turn out to be a foremilk/hindmilk problem, once you correct it the fussiness should go away along with the green poops.
i have been block-feeding casually for a several months. it didn't seem to make a difference (over the course of a month i saw 2 yellow poops and only a handful of greenish-gold poops) so i stopped for a few weeks. i recently started again, just to see. because she gets really hungry, i'll feed her from the same breast every time she wants to nurse until she starts to get really frustrated from lack of milk and then i'll switch. this makes it about 2-3 feedings per boob before switching...so, average 4 hr blocks.
she had her 6 month checkup on tuesday and there was occult blood in her stool sample. ped is referring us to a GI specialist. ped wants us to stop the reflux meds, too (maybe they were irritating her stomach? particularly the zantac...). this is day 4 without them and she seems fine in that department. i am continuing my dairy-free diet until i consult with the GI doc.
i also wanted to mention that i read of a study with EBF babies with occult blood in stool that was unaffected by TED...they gave the mamas digestive enzymes before eating (so, like 6 times/day) and many of the babies' poops got better (i.e. no more blood) within days. of course that sent me straight to the HFS to get some, lol... i have been taking them for about 3.5 days now and i did notice a more normal-looking poop yesterday (although it had obvious banana contributions as well, heheh). still not quite yellow, but yellower than before. and still a bit mucousy and not curdy.