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Hi. I am an extended bf mom, but I'm just starting out again for the third time.
Anyway, this is a question for my sis who is tandem nursing a bit.

Her baby is 3 weeks old and her son is just over 2. He nursed yesterday for the first time since the baby has been born--twice, I believe. Now, today he has terribly runny stools.


What is your experience with toddler stool consistency while nursing "newborn" milk? My oldest son had terrible stools while tandem nursing, but his were always terrible [aside: his gut is all better now, finally at 5 yo--hurrah!!!!
], so I don't really know what's normal. I'd like to give her some info on this so that she knows how to approach this situation. The diarrhea kind of puts a damper on the whole potty learning issue, yk?
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Any ideas?
 

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Hmm, that's a really interesting question. I'll dig around and see if I can find anything online, but my gut reaction (if you'll pardon the pun) is that the colostrum-rich milk in the first couple of weeks, which is intended to move the meconium out of the newborn, is contributing to the runny stools.

That's just my guess....off to research! If I find anything online I'll post it.

ETA: I was right!
See http://www.kellymom.com/bf/tandem/fa...olostrumstools

Looks like my heroine kellymom has a new page up on her website, all about tandem nursing, that might be helpful for your sis. See http://www.kellymom.com/bf/tandem/faq/index.html

HTH!
 

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First, I see a link to Kellymom above, that's good. I agree with that excellent site 99% of the time.

1.Breast milk does have a laxative quality.

2."He nursed yesterday for the first time since the baby has been born--twice, I believe. Now, today he has terribly runny stools."

It's very possible that he nursed because he didn't feel well and instinctively knew mom's milk would help him fight the illness. So the runny stools may be from some tummy bug that led him to want to nurse in the first place.

Not sure which possibility it is...1 or 2.
 
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