Early Bowel Movements
A newborn’s stool patterns differ from adults’. The frequency or consistency of stools depend on the individual baby and on the food he or she is fed.
Your baby’s first bowel movements will consist of
, a sticky green-black substance present in the intestine before birth.
Spinach-Green or Yellow
For two to six days after birth, stools will be a mixture of meconium and milk bi-products, spinach-green, or yellow in color.
Yellow, Green, or Brown
Later, your baby will have yellow, green, or brown stools, formed or unformed.
Baby's Food Affects Stools
should have a stool after each feeding, or at least three or four runny stools a day once your milk is in.
babies may have fewer stools than breastfed ones.
Breastfed babies rarely have
, or hard, dry stools that are
difficult to pass
While some older breastfed babies have only one bowel movement per week, this is usually not indicative of constipation; their more mature digestive systems are efficiently using more of their
is characterized by stools that are mucousy, foul-smelling, more frequent than usual, blood-tinged, or watery (the diaper shows a water ring around the stool).
When to Call the Doctor
If you suspect either
, note the color, consistency, and frequency of your baby's stools, and call your pediatrician.
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