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Green Potty In Breastfed & Formula Fed Babies - Causes & Coping Strategies

Ambili S Kartha
0 to 1 years

Created by Ambili S Kartha
Updated on Nov 17, 2019

Green Potty In Breastfed Formula Fed Babies Causes Coping Strategies

During the first twelve months, the baby goes through significant changes which helps them to attain the developmental milestones right on time. For parents, especially for new mothers, it is a year which brings several wonders. While some of the surprises are pleasant, some of them can make the mother anxious. Baby poop comes under the first list of matters that worries the mothers, especially the new mothers. Your child's doctor may often ask you to watch the frequency and appearance of the baby's poop and wee-wee. This is because your baby's poop can convey a lot about his or her digestion and further.

It's quite natural the child's poop changes its color occasionally. Still, seeing the baby passing dark green spinach-like poop can alarm the mother. Continue reading to understand more about this phenomenon.

What Causes Green Poop In Babies?

Occasional green colored poop in babies generally is quite natural and is not a reason to worry. However, if the baby is consistently passing greenish stools, there's must be a reason for it-

  • Foremilk -hindmilk imbalance: Foremilk, the milk that first comes from the breast during every feeding is lower fat and higher in lactose. It is followed by hindmilk the ticker, creamier milk that carries fat and many other nutrients. However, if the mother has too fast a let-down, or oversupply of breast milk or even if the baby has a bad latch, the baby drinks watery foremilk than the rich creamy hindmilk. This often results in green poop. Also, when the baby feeds more on foremilk, she may not gain enough weight
  • Gulping plenty of milk at once: Due to an inappropriate feeding position, the baby may gulp more milk at once than normal. Breast milk hitting the tummy fast can trigger green poop in babies as their tummy is still sensitive as the digestive system is still on developing stage. To deal with this, try a breastfeeding position that is laid back, and never watch the clock while feeding – let the baby feed for how long she wants to
  • Tummy bug: When your baby is ill (gastrointestinal illness), this can cause a change in poop color that may keep going for quite a long time until the issue is solved. Diarrhea can be a major reason for green poop in infants
  • Sensitivity to a food or drug taken by the mother: Whatever the mother drinks or eat has an influence on the breast milk she produced. Therefore, the medicines such as antibiotics, vitamins and iron supplements that are taken by the mother can get into the breast milk and set off allergic reactions in the baby. Even some food you consume may trigger digestive issues in a breastfed baby. These all can result in green poop in babies

Is Green Poop In Newborns Normal?

Occasional green poop in a newborn is normal, but frequent and persisting green poop needs the attention of the child's doctor. Also, a newborn less than a couple of days old pass meconium, which is quite normal and the poop will turn yellow in one or two days as the intestine of the baby starts to digest the breast milk properly.

What Does Green Poop In Breastfed Babies Indicate?

Breastfed babies poop varies in color and also depends on the intake of food by mothers. Green poop in breast feed babies generally indicate one of the following-

  1. Reaction to iron supplements: The bacteria in the baby's stomach react with the iron the poop color to green. If the intake of the iron supplement by the mother is increased it can influence the iron content of breast milk. Again, if the baby is having iron oral drops.
  2. Reaction to vaccination: Some babies pass green poop after getting vaccinated, and the poop color is back to normal after 2-3 days
  3. Poor latching: If the baby is not latching properly, he or she ends up in getting more foremilk than hindmilk. This can cause green poop in babies

why is my baby's poop green

What Does Green Poop In Formula Fed Babies Indicate?

Green poop in formula fed babies can be due to:

  • The formula that is fortified with iron can cause green poop in babies
  • Babies can develop allergies to certain brands of formula milk resulting in green poop. Changing the brand often can trigger green poop in babies
  • In a bottle-fed baby, the green poop could also be a sign that they are not tolerating the formula well or maybe are lactose intolerance

Can Solid Foods Cause Green Poop In Babies?

If you have just introduced solid food to your baby or have changed the food patterns of your baby the poop of the baby can turn green. Once the baby starts to digest new food properly, the poop gets back to its natural color. Also, the color of food baby had can influence the color of baby's poop. If you give your baby spinach, his or her stool turns green. Just like a carrot puree can make the baby's stool colored with a tinge of red or orange.

What Can Be The Other Causes Of Green Poop In Infants?

Your baby's poop may be green in color due to the following additional reasons:

  • When the baby is under medication: Babies pass green poop if they are having any medicines or had any shots or vaccination
  • During teething: During teething, the quantity of saliva produced by the baby increases. Likewise, the baby swallows more saliva during this time that can turn the poop greenish and looser. Green poop is often associated as a sign of teething
  • Insufficient intake of milk: Green poop in small quantity signals the baby is not getting sufficient milk. Let the baby breastfeed for as long as she wants and ignore the clock
  • Mucus: If the poop in breastfed babies is green and sticky, it signals the presence of mucus in the stool. This can be due to infections like cold or drooling due to teething
  • Infection: If the green poop in babies is coupled with foul smell, it can be due to some kind of infections

What Does Lime Green Poop In Babies Indicate?

Lime green poop that is frothy as well indicates the imbalance of foremilk and hindmilk in the babies' diet. Sometimes, lime green poop in infants may also signal digestive distress. It can also be a sign of stomach bug.

Baby poop is often considered an important indicator of the baby's health, and even though it is not the nicest sight to look at or study, it is your best bet to understand how the little systems are working. Watching your baby's poop closely can help you ascertain her health. And when in doubt, never hesitate to call the paediatrician.

So while I have changed many surprised, with and without the 'ewwww' effect, tell us if you were ever shocked when you saw your baby's 'surprise' in the diaper. What color was it??

Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my baby's poop green and frothy?
Many breastfed babies pass green-coloured stool, which is completely normal and it is due the consumption of foremilk only. Hence it is always advised to breastfeeding mom to feed one breast at a time so that the baby can get foremilk, midmilk and hind milk. This also means empty your one breast completely and then start feeding from other breast.
Is green poop normal in babies?
Green poop is normal among babies. When you introduce solids, your baby’s poop may change to a greenish brown color.Green poop is also seen when your baby is on an iron supplement or breastfeeding. Green poop is also common when a baby is teething or have been introduced a new semi solid or solid food.
What color of poop is bad for babies?
Brown, watery or loose: If the brownish loose stools continue for two days or more and are coupled with any more signs—discomfort to the child, resistance to feeding, fever, listlessness etc.; it could be diarrhea. Diarrhea could be a sign for infection and could lead to dehydration.

Dry, Hard Pebble-like: This consistency signifies that your baby could be constipated. Your baby may be constipated due to a change in formula milk or when being introduced to solids.

Green, Slimy Streaked: Green streaks with strings indicate a presence of mucus in poop. This could be a sign of an infection.
White, chalky: Chalky white or greyish poop is a sign that your baby is not properly digesting food. This needs immediate attention by the doctor. If your baby is passing completely liquid potty for more than 7-8 times, this could be a sign of diarrhea, check with pediatrician as soon as possible.
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| Nov 19, 2019

Thanks for sharing!

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| Oct 27, 2019

(knocking TV orhbn

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| Sep 18, 2019

Yes, please check with your doctor and have the formula changed soon.. as my son suffered from the same and finally was supposed to be hospitalized 😢

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| Sep 16, 2019

Hello.. my daughter is 7 months old.. total formula milk pe he similac stage 2 start krwai but tummy disturb he ..he solid n milk k bad she passing stool due to which she has rashes.. . What should i do for her ?should o change milk formula ??

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| Sep 13, 2019

plz rep kary mujy k mee beti 1 nd half month ki hy usko bth gess hti hy aur skty hue nak b bnda hti hy kya karu bth roti hy

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| Sep 07, 2019

How to cope with my 8th month baby's constipation

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| Sep 04, 2019

my son is 3 months old and sometimes he suffered from constipation for two or three days that makes him uneasy and causes stomachache perhaps.. can anyone help what to do

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| Sep 04, 2019

my baby is one year old now what should I eat

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| Aug 30, 2019

My daughter is 5 months old and she is on breastfeeding along with formula milk but she passes green poop . It's not that green spinach colour but grey green mix colour . Is it okay ? Kindly response Thanks.

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| Aug 26, 2019

helo my baby having watery poop all time what can I do

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| Aug 20, 2019

my baby face is getti is darker day by day

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| Aug 17, 2019

when should baby crowl

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| Aug 16, 2019

My 5 month baby is formula fed. We have started introducing solids in the form of puree and juice from last month. From last month my babys stool is of variety of colours mostly green and yellow or black and green and yellow or just black and green. What does this mean

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| Aug 15, 2019

thx o .

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| Jun 29, 2019

My 39 days baby poop is watery and when baby taking breast milk per 8 to 9 times some times it will be watery some time it is solid

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| May 08, 2019

so what can i give him ify 7 month old boy passing greenish sticky stole? as he is on mother feed

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| Mar 04, 2019

v nice n informative

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| Mar 04, 2019

llo

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| Feb 10, 2019

my baby is 3 n half month old today after 6 clock she is pooping in every hr poop is sticky n yellowish in small quantity means when she faat poop is coming out with it. but after 9 clock quantity increase somehow watery but sticky after 10 clock 3 diaper had changed. i call her dr he advise me to give rinifall half spoon .i have gave her ranifall. he told me if tommorrow pooping is continue then go to dr. i am wrintting this because i m very nerverse .should i wait till tommorrow.

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| Jan 18, 2019

thanks

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| Feb 11, 2018

nice

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| Feb 11, 2018

worth..... reading. my baby had same problem.

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| Feb 11, 2018

thank you for the valuable blog.

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| Oct 13, 2017

Thanks for this blog..

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| Oct 11, 2017

Very informative . Thank You.

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| Oct 10, 2017

Worth information, My baby also having same problem.

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| Oct 06, 2017

tks for this detailing

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| Oct 06, 2017

very informative blog... and excellent narrative technique.. extremely useful for mothers of new born babies.

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| Oct 05, 2017

very useful information

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| Oct 05, 2017

very useful blog. newborn's mother's biggest concern is baby's green poop . I am sure this blog comes as a big relief for them.. thanks for sharing!

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| Oct 05, 2017

The most concerned topic among the new moms and the blog is great help. Thank you so much.

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