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Understanding Your Newborn Babys Poop

Understanding Your Newborn Babys Poop

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Newborn’s poop looks strange and colourful at the initial days and you may wonder if that is normal. Don’t worry! It is normal. Your baby’s poop will change every day for the first week after birth. This is how it will be.

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

  • The first poop which is called meconium is thick, dark, greenish black, sticky and tar like having no smell. Your baby will pass it within the first 24 hours.
  • The next poop will be looser than the first one and will be greenish brown in colour.

Contact your doctor if your baby has fewer than 2 stools per day and is less than 2 weeks old.

Over the next few days the poop will vary depending upon how your baby is fed.

Contact your doctor if your baby has fewer than 2 stools per day and is less than 2 weeks old.

Baby Stool Pattern

Stool Pattern For Breastfeed Babies

  • After 3rd or 4th day – Your baby’s poop is soft and mustard colour with no smell. Your baby should pass a stool after every feeding.
  • After 4th day – Your baby should pass around 3-4 stools in a day. Gradually it becomes 1 large stool every 24 hours.
  • After first month, the frequency gets reduced but is still soft. Breastfeed babies will never be constipated.

Stool Pattern For Babies fed Alternatively (not breastfed)

  • In the first weeks - One to two bowel movements daily. Stool is pasty and pudding like with a strong odour. Colour will be pale yellow to light brown.
  • After first month – Your baby will pass stool every 1-2 days.

Don’t worry if you see your baby is grunting and turning red when passing a stool as this is quiet normal. However, if you find that your baby is having a hard time passing stool, do contact your doctor. Do not delay.

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