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Due to prematurity and bad advice, I FF my son, who is now 3.5. Well, after three years of hanging out on MDC, I learned a lot and am successfully BFing my 4 mo DD. However, the situation is not what I expected for these reasons:<br><br>
*DD is much less healthy than my FF DS. She's on her third cold now. He was never sick until 6-9 months old. They both started in a small home daycare at the same age (the same place actually). He was born at 35 weeks, she was born at 37. Both have so far had almost the same vaxes. Maybe because he was a summer baby and she's a fall baby?<br><br>
*DD is HUGE. She's in the 95th percentile for height and weight. DS was in the 90th for height and 75th for weight--has been consistently his whole life.<br><br>
*She poops all the time, and it is stinky! I thought BF babies rarely pooped, and had nice odorless poops?<br><br>
The only typical BF baby thing she does is wake up a lot to eat at night, DS was totally sleeping 11-6 by now, she eats all night. However, since we're cosleeping (didn't with DS till 6 months) it's super easy for me, I don't mind. I'm actually glad she does becauseI WOH and want to keep my supply up.<br><br>
Anyone else have a baby like mine? The sickness thing particularly bothers me, I feel so bad for her.
 

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My kid is huge too. 75 or above for weight and height. She has the nastiest stinkiest poops I have ever seen and I worked at a daycare for 2 years lol. I would love to see these babies that have awesome smelling poop. She pooped 5+ times a day until she was a month or two old and then it slowed down to once every 2-3 days.
 

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my DD has had a cold a month and she's in daycare, too. She's BF'd, so it may just have to be timing. She's a preemie, so I"m thankful she breastfeeds to help prevent a worse infection or RSV!
 

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I think that typically, 2nd children catch colds earlier than 1st children. The theory is that the 1st child spreads more germs to the 2nd child.<br><br>
I thought that stinky poop in a BF baby was a sign that something isn't being metabolized correctly. Does her poop ever have mucus or blood spots? Do you have intestinal issues (even very minor ones like stinky gas)? If you aren't digesting things correctly, you could be passing on improperly metabolized proteins. Do you drink milk or eat cheese? That would be the first thing that I would cut out of my diet.<br><br>
Was your DD born via c-section? Did you have antibiotics during pregnancy or labor? She may not be properly colonized with healthy bacteria. I would take high doses of a high-quality, refrigerated probiotic. I like Healthy Trinity. I would consider giving some to your DD, too.<br><br>
It's normal for breastfed babies to poop 10x per day or every 10 days. There is a wide range of normal.
 

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IME second babies just get more germies. It's that sibling love <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think that typically, 2nd children catch colds earlier than 1st children. The theory is that the 1st child spreads more germs to the 2nd child.<br><br>
I thought that stinky poop in a BF baby was a sign that something isn't being metabolized correctly. Does her poop ever have mucus or blood spots? Do you have intestinal issues (even very minor ones like stinky gas)? If you aren't digesting things correctly, you could be passing on improperly metabolized proteins. Do you drink milk or eat cheese? That would be the first thing that I would cut out of my diet.<br><br>
Was your DD born via c-section? Did you have antibiotics during pregnancy or labor? She may not be properly colonized with healthy bacteria. I would take high doses of a high-quality, refrigerated probiotic. I like Healthy Trinity. I would consider giving some to your DD, too.<br><br>
It's normal for breastfed babies to poop 10x per day or every 10 days. There is a wide range of normal.</div>
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This *points up* DD is intolerant of dairy/eggs/soy and when I used to eat these she had the most horrible stinky poo - as soon as I cut them out of my diet, her poo started smelling like hot buttered popcorn :-D
 

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My 35 week ebf dd still pooped a lot at 4 months. She didn't get a cold until she started daycare after 1 year old. She was in the 95th percentile in the 4-9 month range, but slowed way down from 1 year to 2 years. She had serious colic/digestive troubles for the first 7-8 months of her life (which I attributed, at least partially, to an underdeveloped digestive system). Even after night-weaning around 18 months, she still wakes 1-3 times almost every night (she's nearly 2). I think all these things (except maybe the extended colic) are well within the range of normal for breastfed babies.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">IME second babies just get more germies. It's that sibling love <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
Also, from what I've seen, breastfed babies are usually bigger in the first 6 months, then smaller in the second 6 months. Breastmilk changes with your baby's development, formula's always the same. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Due to prematurity and bad advice, I FF my son, who is now 3.5. Well, after three years of hanging out on MDC, I learned a lot and am successfully BFing my 4 mo DD. However, the situation is not what I expected for these reasons:<br><br>
*DD is much less healthy than my FF DS. She's on her third cold now. He was never sick until 6-9 months old. They both started in a small home daycare at the same age (the same place actually). He was born at 35 weeks, she was born at 37. Both have so far had almost the same vaxes. Maybe because he was a summer baby and she's a fall baby?</div>
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My son didn't get sick until after six months of age. My daughter got her first cold in her first couple months of life, and was sick more in her first year (though this fall/winter has been AWFUL for all of us).<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>*DD is HUGE. She's in the 95th percentile for height and weight. DS was in the 90th for height and 75th for weight--has been consistently his whole life.</i></td>
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My son is HUUUUGE. My daughter is/was tiny. She fell off the charts, he's at the top.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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In my experience, BF poops still smell, they just don't smell as bad as formula poops. Depends on your personal assessment, but FTMP I found breastfed poops to be a less unpleasant smell than formula poops, but still an unpleasant smell. Sort of a weird sweet smell.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>The only typical BF baby thing she does is wake up a lot to eat at night, DS was totally sleeping 11-6 by now, she eats all night. However, since we're cosleeping (didn't with DS till 6 months) it's super easy for me, I don't mind. I'm actually glad she does becauseI WOH and want to keep my supply up.</i></td>
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My daughter was STTN by about 4 mos. My son is 11 mos and still wakes many times a night.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Anyone else have a baby like mine? The sickness thing particularly bothers me, I feel so bad for her.</i></td>
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The (obvious, sorry) punchline is that both my son and my daughter were exclusively breastfed until six months and have the same mother and father (me and my husband). Yet they are completely different. Totally different size, growth pattern, waking/sleeping habits, frequency of illness, timing of interest in solid foods . . . you name it. There isn't all that much they have in common, it seems, sometimes!<br><br>
Anytime there is a "breastfed babies . . . " or "formula fed babies . . ." generalization it uses the words "usually" and "more often than" because so many babies just don't fall into those generalizations. What is true for a majority, or even more than a majority, still isn't true for a whole lot of babies.<br><br>
What might be more applicable, particularly on the sickness front, is that breastfeeding is helpful from an immunological standpoint, so you may have reduced the frequency, intensity and/or duration of the illnesses she's had by breastfeeding her.
 

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Our breastfed babies grew like out of control weeds for the first five or six months. Then they slowed way down around the time they got to 17 pounds. Like other posters have said, the typical growth pattern for breastfed babies is especially rapid growth in the beginning tapering off sometime around six months. Though of course, there are exception to any generalization.<br><br>
Our breastfed babies eventually started pooping once a day. It's true that some will go 10 or 12 days between poops because the milk is so fully digestible. We weren't that lucky though.<br><br>
Our girls had very weird sweet smelling poop. DS's poop legitimately stank though. I assume that it's just a different body chemistry and metabolism.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think that typically, 2nd children catch colds earlier than 1st children. The theory is that the 1st child spreads more germs to the 2nd child.<br><br>
I thought that stinky poop in a BF baby was a sign that something isn't being metabolized correctly. Does her poop ever have mucus or blood spots? Do you have intestinal issues (even very minor ones like stinky gas)? If you aren't digesting things correctly, you could be passing on improperly metabolized proteins. Do you drink milk or eat cheese? That would be the first thing that I would cut out of my diet.<br><br>
Was your DD born via c-section? Did you have antibiotics during pregnancy or labor? She may not be properly colonized with healthy bacteria. I would take high doses of a high-quality, refrigerated probiotic. I like Healthy Trinity. I would consider giving some to your DD, too.<br><br>
It's normal for breastfed babies to poop 10x per day or every 10 days. There is a wide range of normal.</div>
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ah yes, the germy older brother. The adults in the household get sick waaay more than we used to with him bringing home stuff from daycare.<br><br>
I don't think the stinky poos are allergy related, in color and consistency they seem typical of what I've heard of BF poo, and she seems content. She just still poops 2-4/day and I think they're stinky! Of course when we start solids I may remember what truly stinky poos are like.<br><br>
I had no medications during either pregnancy. Healthy DS had a typical hopsital vag birth--pitocin, epidural. Sickly DD had a totally intervention free hosp birth. However--she did come out so fast her head was perfectly round and she was kind of mucousy--her ped said she seemed more like a c section baby based on those things. So I wonder if that is a part.
 
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