Learn the basics about baby poo and things it can mean about the health of your little one.
Wondering if your newborn is pooping enough? Know that it does vary from baby to baby. After a month, breast-fed babies may go a few days or even a week without a bowel movement. But if your baby is pooping less than once a day during her first month, it could mean she isn’t getting enough food.
Formula-fed babies, however, tend to have a bowel movement on most days. Whether your baby is breast-fed or formula-fed, as long as what you’re seeing in your baby’s nappy is consistent with what you’re now accustomed to, rest assured that there’s no need to panic about her poops.
Don’t be shocked when you change your newborn’s first diaper - your baby’s initial stool will be a greenish-black, tar-like substance known as meconium.
However, after that passes, she’ll start having normal poops - or whatever “normal” will be for her system!
At this point, the appearance is completely dependent on what you feed her. If you breast-feed your newborn, her initial bowel movements will be greenish-brown or yellowish-brown. After about five days, they will turn tan or yellowish and have a grainy consistency.
This is completely normal, and they are sign of a healthy baby.
Formula-fed babies, on the other hand, might have stools that are pasty and yellow or tan in color.
What Your Baby’s Poop Could Mean
If the color of your newborn’s stools changes a bit between bowel movements, don’t be alarmed. However, the two shades you don’t want to see in your baby’s dirty nappy are white (which could be a sign of liver disease) or red (which could be a sign of bleeding).
Consult with your pediatrician if you notice either. In terms of consistency, you’re likely to see some variations, but be alert for particularly watery stools (which could indicate diarrhea) or pebble-like poop (which could be a sign of constipation).