Green Bowel Movements in Newborns


Green poos are normally a sign that your baby isn’t feeding well, regardless of whether he’s gaining weight.

Causes of Green Bowel Movements in Newborns

If your baby is specifically breastfed and has green poos, he may:

  • Be getting too much watery milk from the start of the feed, and inadequate of the richer milk that comes later. This may upset his stomach and cause him to cry a lot. Modifying your breastfeeding method should remedy this.
  • Be sensitive to medication that you’re taking, such as antibiotics or iron supplements, or to medication that he’s taking.
  • Be delicate to something you’ve consumed. In addition to having green poos, your baby might likewise have eczema or a rash. See your GP if this is the case.
  • Have an infection, especially if he likewise has diarrhea. See a practice nurse or GP.

If your baby isn’t really locking on appropriately, he won’t be getting the fat-rich, creamy milk that comes later on in the feed. This is what offers most of the calories your baby needs, and that makes him feel full. If he’s only getting the lower-fat, watery milk at the start of a feed, he’ll be hungry once again very soon, and will have to feed regularly.

This means that over 24 hours, your baby will be consuming more milk than he would have done if he ‘d been properly locked on. His body might not have the ability to deal with the increased amount of lactose (milk sugar) in the watery milk.

If he cannot absorb the increased quantity of lactose correctly, there will be more gas and water than typical in his gut. This will offer him cramping discomforts and runnier, green (typically explosive) poos.

How to Treat Baby’s Green Bowel Movements

The good news is that the issue is quickly solved. Ask a breastfeeding counselor or your health visitor to check that your baby is properly latched on and feeding for long enough at each breast. This will ensure he gets all the fat-rich milk he requires.

The very same thing can occur if you’re taking your baby off your breast after a set length of time. So attempt waiting till your baby chooses he’s finished feeding from your first breast, prior to offering your other breast.

If you let your baby take the lead, he’ll be getting enough of what he requires. It does not matter if your baby only requires one breast per feed.


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