Baby poop color and consistency can be good indicators of your child’s health. Here’s what they could mean.
Types of Baby Poop
There are different types of baby poop. They’re not all the same and they definitely do not look the same, smell the same, nor feel the same. Sometimes, it can be yellowish, greenish-black, brown, or light yellow. So, what should your baby’s poop look like?
Newborn Poop or Meconium
Meconium or what other people call newborn poop happens on the first 2 days after your baby is born. Meconium is made up of amniotic fluid, mucus, skin cells, and other stuff that your baby has ingested in utero or inside the womb which is why it looks like motor oil. It is a greenish-black and sticky poop but it does not have a smell.
After 2 to 4 days, your baby’s poop will transition to a more greenish hue. This signals that his intestinal tract is doing it’s job. Your baby’s poop will also be less sticky and will start to look a bit of an army green.
There is a small difference between a breastfed baby’s poop and that of a formula fed baby’s poop. Breastfed babies tend to have diarrhea looking like poop. It’s yellowish or slightly green and it will be mushy or creamy when it comes to texture. It may also be a little bit runny.
What you eat can affect the color of your baby’s poop since he feeds off of you. If the poop looks bright green and frothy, this means that you are not feeding her long enough on each breast. No need to worry, you just need to start your baby on the last breast that he last fed on. This ensures that your baby gets more of the hindmilk rather than just the foremilk.
A bottle fed baby’s poop has a smell compared to a breastfed baby. The odor is less pungent than a baby who has started eating solid food and it’ll be easy to recognize the smell. The poop will look like peanut butter but pasty and more yellow-brown or green brown compared to their breastfed counterpart which is more yellow-green.
Make sure that you call your doctor immediately if the baby’s poop turns white, black, or red.