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Green Poop

Maybe this was discussed before, but I need some reassurance that this is normal. About three weeks ago, Finn started having green poop. He previously had frequent yellow, seedy poops then went a couple of cycles where he would go a couple days without any poopy diapers and then these green ones started showing up. I was on antibiotics for mastitis about a week ago and that gave him diarrhea for a couple of days but I'm long done with the pills and he is still having several green poop with pretty much every diaper change. I took him to the pediatrician today because I was concerned about thrush after the antibiotics course (doctor said no - normal milk coated tongue). I brought up the green poops and he seemed to think it is nothing out of the ordinary for a breastfed baby. Finn doesn't seem more uncomfortable except when he had the diarrhea (he tends to be a fussy baby in general). I was concerned about a fore milk/hind milk imbalance so I've been trying to have him feed longer on one breast at a time but it doesn't seem to be making a difference in his poop color. Does anyone else have a baby who produces green poop?

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Yes. My twins are 90+% breastfed. One gets the yellow seedy several times per day and one gets one-per-day thicker greener poops. It's all normal.

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My son has had yellow to greenish poop and it is never seedy. It's always very liquid and slimy. He did have underlying digestive issues (dairy/soy intolerance) but his poop has never gone back to being seedy. The pediatrician is not concerned - he said the older they get the better their gut gets at absorbing nutrients so there are less residues (seeds) in the poop. I would give it some time and if Finn seems happy/is gaining well I wouldn't worry about it too much.

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Claire has had mainly green poop for over a month now. It was dark green and mucousy for several weeks then started to be a little more yellowish/brownish green after I had been on my dairy & soy free diet for a couple weeks. Now it fluctuates throughout the day. Her pedi said it could just be her normal. She also said that if it is foremilk/hindmilk imbalance it will be frothy green.

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We had green poo for a while around the two week mark, right at the same time he was struggling with my overactive letdown. I started nursing on only one side per feeding and that seemed to do the trick (though it took two or three days to see the difference). It's pretty much been all yellow and seedy ever since. But if your pedi isn't worried then I probably wouldn't worry either! Smile

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Evelyn's poop has been green almost all the time. She has the occasional yellowish poop but it's almost always green. I tried cutting out dairy and feeding on only one side (I thought there might have been a fore/hind milk imbalance too) but nothing seemed to help. My pediatrician is not concerned, so I basically just try not to worry about it. She is growing and is a happy baby so I don't know what else to do.

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"beccasweet" wrote:

Claire has had mainly green poop for over a month now. It was dark green and mucousy for several weeks then started to be a little more yellowish/brownish green after I had been on my dairy & soy free diet for a couple weeks. Now it fluctuates throughout the day. Her pedi said it could just be her normal. She also said that if it is foremilk/hindmilk imbalance it will be frothy green.

I tried going dairy free (not soy free though) for about two weeks and didn't see much of a change. It's definately more slimy than frothy. I'm going to try not being too concerned which means I need to stop doing internet searches because though the green & mucusy seems to be a sign of lots of different things (viral infections, food allergies, excess drool, etc).

"kel-02" wrote:

We had green poo for a while around the two week mark, right at the same time he was struggling with my overactive letdown. I started nursing on only one side per feeding and that seemed to do the trick (though it took two or three days to see the difference). It's pretty much been all yellow and seedy ever since. But if your pedi isn't worried then I probably wouldn't worry either! Smile

Since I started trying to limit feedings to one side a couple of days ago, the frequency of poops seems to have slowed down and I even got one that was a little less green.

Couple of you mentioned modifying your diets. For those of you that went on dairy and/or soy free diet, what indications did you have that your baby wasn't tolerating it?

We have not had any bloody stools or rashes, but Finn is very fussy and I had trialed going dairy free for two weeks at recommendation of my midwife to see if it helped his fussiness. I don't think there was a noticeable change but I wasn't keeping a diary. As much as I don't like labels (especially this young) I think Finn may be what Dr Sear's calls a "High Need Baby" but if there is some other reason he is this way because of discomfort from my diet or otherwise I want to make sure I pursue all options.

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Sorry, never had green poop over here! Trystans are always yellow, sometimes seedy, sometimes not. My only concern with his is he's only pooping every other day... but from what I've read on here that's normal. It's just strange to me because for the first couple of months he was pooping eight or nine times a day!

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"xtinagreen" wrote:

Couple of you mentioned modifying your diets. For those of you that went on dairy and/or soy free diet, what indications did you have that your baby wasn't tolerating it?

We have not had any bloody stools or rashes, but Finn is very fussy and I had trialed going dairy free for two weeks at recommendation of my midwife to see if it helped his fussiness. I don't think there was a noticeable change but I wasn't keeping a diary. As much as I don't like labels (especially this young) I think Finn may be what Dr Sear's calls a "High Need Baby" but if there is some other reason he is this way because of discomfort from my diet or otherwise I want to make sure I pursue all options.

Ryan was diagnosed as Milk Soy protein intolerant - our telltale sign was blood in his poop. First just tiny specks, then larger streaks. We went to the hospital and they tested him for infection etc, and it came back as clear. I then cut out all dairy and soy, even hidden. It's not easy, but doable especially if you are used to making your own food and not eating too much processed foods. I found bread at the store that is both soy and dairy free and that makes it much easier.

Ryan's poop is also slimy and sometimes green, but normally it is yellow and slimy. I just showed it to his pediatrician and he said it is normal. We went on hypoallergenic formula for 1.5 weeks to give his gut a chance to heal. I reintroduced breastmilk after being dairy free for 2 weeks and soy free for 1 week and promptly had bloody diapers again (within 2 days). I took 3 weeks of dairy and soy free for the blood to go away, so maybe the 2 weeks you gave it wasn't long enough.

Ryan was also quite fussy (and sometimes still is). Sorry to say that just never went away even with the diet changes. We also had feeding issues that have only recently started getting a bit better (I have been soy and dairy free for about 8 weeks). I don't think the fussiness, feeding issues and the soy/dairy thing are necessarily related.

You can ask the doctor to do a test on Finn's diaper for occult blood (blood you can't see). That might give you some answers. If there is not blood I wouldn't bother cutting dairy and soy unless you really want to try again. If you do I would give it at least 3 or better 4 weeks.

Good luck - I know it's frustrating and you just want an explanation for the poop and the fussiness, but I have come to the conclusion that with my son I will likely never get one and will just have to wait for him to outgrow it.

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I tried limiting (not cutting completly) dairy to help with fussiness after our Chiro suggested it but didn't see any change. A few weeks later her fussiness got worse, she was pulling off and refusing to nurse, and started to have the dark green poop so I decided to try going completly dairy and soy free. I read that 50% of babies who are intolerant to dairy also have problems with soy so I figured best to do both if I was going to give it a serious try. She slowly became less fussy and was nursing better after a couple days. We still have a day or two every week where she seems to be gassier and fussier than the rest but overall I think the diet made enough of a difference that I've stuck with it. I would still call her a high need baby but now she is usually consolable.

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"science_gal" wrote:

Ryan was diagnosed as Milk Soy protein intolerant - our telltale sign was blood in his poop. First just tiny specks, then larger streaks. We went to the hospital and they tested him for infection etc, and it came back as clear. I then cut out all dairy and soy, even hidden. It's not easy, but doable especially if you are used to making your own food and not eating too much processed foods. I found bread at the store that is both soy and dairy free and that makes it much easier.

Ryan's poop is also slimy and sometimes green, but normally it is yellow and slimy. I just showed it to his pediatrician and he said it is normal. We went on hypoallergenic formula for 1.5 weeks to give his gut a chance to heal. I reintroduced breastmilk after being dairy free for 2 weeks and soy free for 1 week and promptly had bloody diapers again (within 2 days). I took 3 weeks of dairy and soy free for the blood to go away, so maybe the 2 weeks you gave it wasn't long enough.

Ryan was also quite fussy (and sometimes still is). Sorry to say that just never went away even with the diet changes. We also had feeding issues that have only recently started getting a bit better (I have been soy and dairy free for about 8 weeks). I don't think the fussiness, feeding issues and the soy/dairy thing are necessarily related.

You can ask the doctor to do a test on Finn's diaper for occult blood (blood you can't see). That might give you some answers. If there is not blood I wouldn't bother cutting dairy and soy unless you really want to try again. If you do I would give it at least 3 or better 4 weeks.

Good luck - I know it's frustrating and you just want an explanation for the poop and the fussiness, but I have come to the conclusion that with my son I will likely never get one and will just have to wait for him to outgrow it.

Well today Finn had tiny specks of blood in a couple of his diapers. Probably wouldn't have noticed normally except I've been inspecting his diapers with every bowel movement the past couple of weeks except during the night. I was able to take a diaper in to get it tested at the ped's clinic and it tested positive for slight blood. I have officially been told by the pediatrician to go dairy free. She also suggested going soy free possibly since I'm vegatarian (sometimes eat seafood) so a lot of my protein sources are soy based. In some ways finding the blood was kind of helpful because I felt something wasn't right but the green slimey poops were not enough to get any of the ped's attention (this is the 3rd person I had seen at the clinic).

On another note, we had suspected Finn had reflux as he seemed uncomfortable after eating, seemed worse when flat and had a very painful shrill cry throughout the day. The first pediatrician did not suggest putting him on anti-reflux and I didn't push the subject because I thought maybe we could manage with a wedge under the head of his mattress and keeping him upright for awhile after feedings. Well I mentioned how the reflux didn't seem to be getting better during the appt today and this ped said let's get him on something because he sounds uncomfortable (I didn't tell her how this past week I had started crying too when he would start shrieking as I felt so helpless that I couldn't comfort him). So Finn is now on Zantac twice a day. Had his first dose tonight and I don't want to jinx anything but he really seemed like a different baby in just the couple of hours before I put him down for bed. He seemed content and was cooing more. No shrill crying during that time, just a little whine when he got hungry. And when I got him ready for bed he just kind of melted in my arms and went down easy. I remember how uncomfortable I felt when I had reflux during my third trimester so I can only imagine how he must have felt. I wish I had pushed to get him on anti-reflux med sooner but better late than never. I hope this is a sign of better things to come Smile

AM update: Night went well...slept for 3-5 hr stretches and when he did wake his cries were not the usual piercing cries that make me cringe. Not quite as smooth of a morning. Gave him his second dose of Zantac around 6am since he was up. Started out pretty good, only some fussing for hunger, etc. But then full on shrieking by late morning...I got so frustrated and took it out on DH (granted he was sleeping in and I felt it wasn't fair). We kept missing Finn's morning nap. Finn fell asleep in my arms three times but as soon as I would start moving to reposition (or even think about moving him to his crib) he would wake up. DH finally got him down for nap around noon so I'm hoping that will help some. Sigh...I know the Zantac won't be a cure-all and I need to work on get my diet fixed. Even with all of that, I suspect he will still be a pretty high need kid and I just need to learn to go with the flow more.

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I will post more later when I'm free - just wanted to say hang in there!! Waiting to see the results is so hard!

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Sounds like you're doing a lot -- hopefully it all helps! Rory's poop is sometimes yellow, sometimes green. He poops often and with force LOL I go through a lot of baby clothing!

Rory is high needs....I haven't cut out dairy and I have no reason to believe he has an allergy or reflux (no blood etc). The kid just needs a lot of contact. We have a pretty strict bedtime routine and he is 13 weeks now and nights are really very good now but it's really only because I set a routine around 2 weeks old and I've never changed it. Naps are a total loss though. I can't be that structured all day. He only naps in my arms and he wants to be held just about all day. I do the best I can. I hold him a lot but sometimes I have to do something and I put him in the swing, bouncy chair or pack n play and he fusses or out right cries and I do what I have to do. Basically from 8-9 I put him down from 9-1 or 2 he sleeps in his crib from 1/2-7 he's in our bed and the rest of the day he's pretty much held. DH reminds me eventually he'll be running around and I'll miss having a baby to hold....

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Christina,
I am glad you are getting some answers but sorry you have to deal with the milk/soy protein intolerance as well. The diet is really not that tough once you get used to it. Here in Canada all foods have to say what allergens they may contain - so I know if it says "may contain traces of dairy/soy..." I can eat it, because the "traces" mean it is only processed on machinery that may have come in contact with dairy/soy but does not contain it. My sweet snack now that chocolate is off-limits is sesame snaps. I met with a nutritionist at the hospital and she gave me a big list of no-no foods, including hidden dairy like casein and whey. You could likely google it and find it. I strongly recommend to cut out both dairy and soy - I wish I had done both right from the start instead of wasting time just doing one. And be patient - it can take a while to see results. I kept questioning what I was doing for the entire 3 weeks it took for the blood to disappear. Good Luck!!

As for the reflux, Ryan was on Zantac and then prevacid. We did not see a noticeable difference in DS. Sorry you might have already tried this but... do you put Finn down for a nap as soon as he shows signs of being tired? If my DS is fed and dry and starts fussing I always know it's time for a nap. Having LOTS of naps is key to him not fussing all day long. As soon as he rubs his face, his eyes get small, or he get sort of cranky he goes in his swing or bassinet with a soother and he normally falls right asleep.

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"science_gal" wrote:

As for the reflux, Ryan was on Zantac and then prevacid. We did not see a noticeable difference in DS. Sorry you might have already tried this but... do you put Finn down for a nap as soon as he shows signs of being tired? If my DS is fed and dry and starts fussing I always know it's time for a nap. Having LOTS of naps is key to him not fussing all day long. As soon as he rubs his face, his eyes get small, or he get sort of cranky he goes in his swing or bassinet with a soother and he normally falls right asleep.

We try to get him down as soon as he gets tired fussy. He does not fall asleep on his own in the crib. We have to rock/hold him to sleep before putting him down otherwise he cries right away or shortly after. Unfortunately he is not a fan of his vibrating bouncy seat or swing. I keep dragging them out and trying him in them every week without much luck, fortunately they were given to us second hand so no one is out any money Smile

I appreciate all the support from people. I've been feeling kind of isolated recently because I don't feel comfortable leaving the house much because of Finn's crying. When I was picking up the reflux med at the pharmacy, Finn was crying so hard that people came up to me to ask if he was hungry a couple of times (I had fed him just before). DH has been working a lot (Finn was crying whenever DH would try to hold him this weekend). I know we all have our highs and lows so I try not to be "poor me" because I am very fortunate in the big picture. I think when I start back to work it will be nice to get a break from this and resume some of my pre-baby life...it will make me appreciate my time at home more.

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"xtinagreen" wrote:

We try to get him down as soon as he gets tired fussy. He does not fall asleep on his own in the crib. We have to rock/hold him to sleep before putting him down otherwise he cries right away or shortly after. Unfortunately he is not a fan of his vibrating bouncy seat or swing. I keep dragging them out and trying him in them every week without much luck, fortunately they were given to us second hand so no one is out any money Smile

That's too bad. The swing was our miracle sleep weapon - but we are currently trying to wean him off of it because we are going away soon and won't be able to take it with us. Sigh. Do you have a wrap carrier? I have a woven wrap and Ryan loved it for a while. That way Finn would feel that he is being held but you have your hands free. It was our lifesaver for a while. I recommend a non-stretchy one because you can use it for heavier kids.

"xtinagreen" wrote:

I appreciate all the support from people. I've been feeling kind of isolated recently because I don't feel comfortable leaving the house much because of Finn's crying. When I was picking up the reflux med at the pharmacy, Finn was crying so hard that people came up to me to ask if he was hungry a couple of times (I had fed him just before). DH has been working a lot (Finn was crying whenever DH would try to hold him this weekend). I know we all have our highs and lows so I try not to be "poor me" because I am very fortunate in the big picture. I think when I start back to work it will be nice to get a break from this and resume some of my pre-baby life...it will make me appreciate my time at home more.

I felt exactly like you just a few weeks ago... and I felt so guilty for wanting to go back to work. I even said to DH I would rather work 24/hrs a day than stay home with an all-day crying baby. Like you, I couldn't even take Ryan to the store without a huge meltdown so I just stayed at home. Just wanted to say hang in there... it WILL get better (just a question of time)!!