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I'm hoping that you will tell me I'm just being paranoid. I hestitate even to post this but it has been weighing on my mind all night and I'm looking for some reassurance.<br><br>
Some background, I'm a full time WOHM of a four month old dd and I have been back to work for about a month. Dd is staying with an in-home dcp who we love. She seems very loving, gentle, and experienced. I go to feed dd at lunch every day and the more I chat with the dcp the more I like her. The only problem we have had lately is that dd isn't too crazy about the bottle. At first she was taking between 2 to 4 oz. at each feeding but ever since last week she's only taking an ounce or so. It's almost as if she knows I'll be there so she waits for me. Frankly, I'm flattered and not too worried since she seems to be gaining well.<br><br>
OK, here's the poopy issue. Dd's poops have become less frequent over the past few weeks. No big deal, I think three days was the longest she went and aside from some particularly smelly gas everything seemed normal. Usually she poops during the day so dcp gets the privledge of changing her. Cut to today, she hadn't pooped for the last two days and right before her bath she got a big smile and I caught quite a very stinky whiff. When I changed her I noticed her poop was different. It was stiffer, kinda greenish (as opposed to mustardy), and smelled, well, like regular poop. Is this normal for exclusively bf babies her age? I had the horrible thought that perhaps the dcp had given her formula or even solids in perhaps an effort to get her to eat more. I don't think she would do that (she bf her own dcs) but the reality of it is that she is a stranger that I have only known for a little over a month. If this is normal for babies her age, I don't want to ask her because I don't want to create an atmosphere of suspicion unnecessarily. Tell me I'm being paranoid and I have much to learn about the varied nature of baby poop!
 

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DD had greenish poops for awhile, until we figured out she was getting an imbalance of fore and hindmilk. Do you think she could be getting too much foremilk?<br>
I don't remember the poops being hard tho- more mucus like i think.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
I'm sure you will get some good ideas from the mom-experts here.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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DS had this too, and I know darn well he didn't eat any solids. There was a thread about it a while back - several mamas had noticed their dcs' poops had changed. DS's was VERY stinky - I mean clear out the room stinky!! And it was thicker/stiffer, too.<br><br>
If I remember correctly, it seems like it was just an adjustment that some babies make as their digestive systems grow. If I were you, I'd ask DCP if she had noticed DD's poops being different (stinky, firmer) lately. I would also ask her (you said she bf her kids, right?) if she thought it might be a fore/hind milk imbalance. (I know she's not an expert, but this would give her an opportunity to say "Oh, yeah, or it could be the cereal I gave her" if she did give her solids).<br><br>
I tend to think that it's not a result of solids, just changes in your dd's digestion. I bet it will go back to normal (or thereabouts) soon.<br><br>
Meanwhile, hold your nose!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Hers is the poop link:<br><br><a href="http://www.drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/poop.htm" target="_blank">http://www.drjaygordon.com/pediatricks/poop.htm</a><br><br>
It does not mention harder, firmer, stinkier stools in the bfed baby tho. good luck getting the straight poop on what your baby is being fed from your dcp!<br><br>
I hope your dc is not dehydrated. Urine should be clear. Offer the breast every hour when together.
 

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Is she teething yet? That could cause a change. Maybe you ate something...alot of one thing-wheat or dairy in the day or days before...or eggs-they stink.<br><br>
Just some suggestions. My ds had bright yellow poops and then I introduced wheat and dairy back into my diet and they went to a more green shade. He also has had a cold of some kind so....I don't really know.<br><br>
I would definately ask though. Have you discussed the first foods. Make sure everyone understands the highly allergenic foods. I have the list posted on the fridge. Even though we haven't started to eat solids yet. And I am here all the time. Love, Kendra
 

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Just another cause of green poops: my son was exclusively breastfed and whenever he was getting ill, he would get bright green poops. They would not get stiffer, but would definitely be bright green.
 
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