The occasional green stool is not unusual in the breastfed baby. Consistently green stools, however, are not normal for the breastfed baby. Most doctors don’t seem to recognize this as a potential problem because they often define “normal stool” as that of the formula-fed infant. Baby’s stool can be a wide variety of colors and textures , and not all of these are cause for concern. It is helpful to know what is normal for the bf baby as well.
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Consistently green stools in the breastfed baby can indicate:
- an imbalance of foremilk/hindmilk, often resulting in frothy green stools.
- a sensitivity to something in the mother’s diet, such as cow’s milk products.
- a sign that baby has an illness. Babies with an intestinal virus or even a simple cold will sometimes have green, mucusy stools. Teething can also bring about green stools due to increased saliva (can also cause tummy upset)
- a lot of green vegetables or something with green food coloring in mom’s diet.
- If baby has started solids, that could also account for the change in color (this is normal with the change in diet).