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Your Poop Isn't So Cute Anymore

By Monica Bielanko |

That's right. My poop doesn't stink.

If you’re still breastfeeding your baby – and this is your first baby – you may not be aware that when you switch from breastfeeding to formula something is going to change.  Well, you’ll be changing a lot of diapers, sure.  But it’s the smell of those diapers that’s going to change.

When breastfeeding, poop is mustard-colored, seedy, and runny.  And it doesn’t stink!  It smells strange, but it doesn’t stink.  In fact some people even like the smell, insisting it has the distinct odor of buttered popcorn.   Now, I don’t know about popcorn, but I’m definitely not feeling like I need to change the diaper pail every two seconds. Speaking of diaper pails, what do you use? I use the Diaper Champ and I love, love LOVE it.

So Henry’s poop is fine, great even. I know that if I ever switch him to formula the poop won’t smell so good. But it’s the difference between Henry and Violet’s poop that is so shocking.

Before Henry was born, Violet seemed like our tiny, little sweetheart. But now, compared to Henry, she’s gigantic. And her poop isn’t so cute anymore. It’s stinky, offensive adult poop. Changing Henry’s cute, breastmilk poop and then changing one of Violet’s diapers really hammers home the fact that she’s not my baby anymore. Dear God, it’s like changing an adult’s diaper and I should know. I spend high school and part of college working in retirement homes and as a home health aide.  At least I’m not pregnant anymore and can stomach smells like poop, dog food and baby burps… you know, the usual stuff a mom smells throughout the day.

You didn’t expect to get a dissertation on the evolution of poop today, did you? You’re welcome.

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Monica Bielanko

Monica Bielanko was raised on the wild frontier of late 1970's Utah. She is a recovering Mormon who married the guitar player of an unknown band. She's been married to her Babble Voices writing partner, Serge Bielanko, for the past nine years. Her personal blog, The Girl Who was in the top ten of last year's Top 50 list. Read bio and latest posts → Read Monica's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “Your Poop Isn't So Cute Anymore

  1. Jessica says:

    Totally agree Monica isn’t it amazing the smell that can come out of such a tiny little girl? haha… i’m right there with you :) i always say to my son do i need a gas mask and pull my shirt up over my face he thinks it’s hilarious and cracks right up.

  2. Angelica says:

    My two-month-old has kind of a sour smell to her poop. Very very mild, however, and I don’t mind changing her diapers WHATSOEVER! I also have a two-year-old step-daughter and (my god) I wish someone else would come and deal with it most days. I always bite my tongue when listing breast feeding pros, because I often assume that the statement “And their poop doesn’t smell!” might be a TMI moment!!!

    Anyway, hooray for the many BFing blessings and good luck to you and yours…….…

  3. Naomi says:

    When Shnook was around Violet’s age, we started taking his dumps to the outside trash because they were too rank for the diaper champ. I love the champ too, but let’s face it, he’s no miracle worker. S is now potty trained, thankfully, although the kid can stink up the bathroom something fierce.

  4. Lisa says:

    I really like this article, but I really object to this wording:
    “you may not be aware that when you switch from breastfeeding to formula something is going to change”

    How about “IF” you switch? All my children went from breast to food and drink, none had formula and the implication all babies need it at some point is misleading to new parents.

    Aint that the truth about the stink though!

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