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#1 of 16 Old 12-29-2009, 04:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I know this is kinda icky, but we are having poo-issues.

Case in point (I really hope this isn't against the UA)
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Hindmilk imbalance? Virus? Dairy sensitivity? I started block feeding last night, and it was slightly less green than last night, but could that also be from not having dairy over night?

Should I be worried? Reason to call the ped for an emergency visit? I don't want to leave it until after the new year if it's serious.

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Isn't green poo scary?! We have this everyday and from everything I read and all the people I've asked, it's normal. Like you said, it can be an imbalance. It could also be a virus just passing through. Is your LO fine otherwise?

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she's a little cranky, but by no means inconsolable or 'colicky'. a few boogers here and there too, but no fever or any other symptoms.

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In my experience, green poo usually indicates too much foremilk. I believe block feeding will clear that up. I also will limit the baby to 5 minutes on one boob and then as long as he wants on the other. If you notice a change in the poo, then you'll know that's what it was. I found that the poo could change from feed to feed in the early days when a poop was produced with each feed. HTH

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It can indicate too much foremilk, but it also can mean absolutely nothing. If it's just occasional, I wouldn't worry about it.

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it's been that color for at least a week now. I just couldn't decide if it was actually green or a normal variant on yellow. I made an appointment with her ped for tomorrow morning. The nurse didn't seem to be worried about it.

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most likely, the ped won't be able to tell you what to do either. if you block feed, be careful. it can really jack with your supply. i just do what dr newman says to do: offer the baby one breast till she is done then offer the second one. if she doesn't empty the second one, be sure to offer it first the next feeding. good luck. millie's poop is anywhere from flourescent green to carrot orange!

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i would try block feeding. it will take a few feedings/poops to return to yellow. I can always tell when my lo is going to have green poop.
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i would try block feeding. it will take a few feedings/poops to return to yellow. I can always tell when my lo is going to have green poop.
Yep. I think block feeding is a great idea. I know Dr. Newman and others recommend nursing until one breast is empty but I can't tell when either of my breasts are empty and I don't truly think they ever are. there are times when one side has more than the other but they both always have milk. (I have oversupply issues). Anyway, Sydney had this same issue a few weeks back and we just did block feeding and it cleared up. The only reason I really did it was because she was extra gassy b/c of the foremilk.

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I block feed and my LO still has green poo a good 80% of the time. He otherwise seems just fine so I am not worried about it, there doesn't seem to be any logical explanation.

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we went to the pediatrician this morning, and he said the only time to worry about poo is when there is blood in it.

He says it's likely something that I'm eating that's bugging her tummy, which would explain the fussiness too. He suggested I cut out a lot of gas-causing foods like beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc (Truthfully, ain't gonna happen, I'm veggie). I'm going to cut back a LOT on the dairy though. Just cream in my morning coffee (We've been very cheese heavy over the holidays)

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Interesting....do you feel better now that you went? Yeah, cutting out those foods would be almost impossible as a veggie!

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we have green poo and orange poo daily - even within a couple hours of each other. I don't get it. maybe dairy? maybe normal?
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I feel relieved that it's nothing serious, but I'm almost a little offended by the way my ped told me not to call unless the poo was bloody.


My bad. I've just never been a mom before is all.

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I wouldn't worry about the ped's reaction. You are allowed a few visits just to ease your mind!

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we went to the pediatrician this morning, and he said the only time to worry about poo is when there is blood in it.

He says it's likely something that I'm eating that's bugging her tummy, which would explain the fussiness too. He suggested I cut out a lot of gas-causing foods like beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc (Truthfully, ain't gonna happen, I'm veggie). I'm going to cut back a LOT on the dairy though. Just cream in my morning coffee (We've been very cheese heavy over the holidays)
It's almost definitely the dairy more than the "gas inducing" veggies. I think you're making a good call by cutting back on that rather than the vegs.

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