Bet you never thought you’d be so obsessed with human feces, huh? All of a sudden, mothers need to know the color, consistency and frequency of every poop – as if looking into that diaper will give us the answers to the universe. To be fair, it’s one of our only ways to make sure our baby is well-fed and healthy, and seeing an off-putting bowel movement can send us into panic mode. Here’s what you need to know about the poo:
- If your baby is eating normally and doesn’t seem sick, changes in consistency or color (even green or grey) of the stool are most likely normal.
- Expect 6 to 8 poops a day.
- A newborn’s first stools (known as meconium) are a thick, sticky, tar-like substance, which will then transition into a grainy yellow or brown by day three or four.
- Formula-fed babies tend to have a slightly formed, yellow or tan colored stool, while breast-fed babies often have a more liquid or creamy mustard-colored bowel movement.
- If the stool is very frequent, watery and green-looking, chances are the baby is having diarrhea. If you think that’s the case, call your pediatrician.
- Worried that your little one is constipated because you haven’t seen a bowel movement lately?
• Constipated stools will be pebble-sized and firm, sometimes with bloody streaks.
• Infrequent pooping typically has nothing to do with constipation, as it does with adults.
• It’s normal for babies to grunt and strain during a normal, healthy bowel movement.