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19/04/2013 at 17:06
So just as I thought bf was going really well, A starts having some dodgy nappies.
To start, we've gone from a poo every 2-4 days, back to several a day. Probably averaging 1 per feed.
Then on Saturday we got a couple of green nappies. I'm talking almost glow in the dark green! And it was mucousy. After a lot of googling and chatting with others on fb, I conclude that this could be because A is suddenly not so snuffly anymore and could be her cold coming out and I'd keep an eye on it. Sunday we were back to normal, and then last nappy before bed it's green again, but this time other than colour it looks fine. We've now had this every bedtime this week.
Mentioned it to HV on Tuesday who said I shouldn't worry, these things happen - she's fine in herself, no temperature, it's not watery, it's not all the time so don't worry. Nursery Nurse from HV team said same when I was still concerned at postnatal group on Thursday. I also mentioned to bf consultant yesterday at bf group who suggested my other suspicion that at one of her evening feeds she's not draining the breast and to not worry unless she's having them all the time.
Today 2 out of 3 dirty nappies have been green, with one of them containing some beige coloured mucous. Again I googled and the mucous could be caused by the excess saliva - she's dribbling for England at the moment. I've also been reading loads about foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and how it can be linked to milk oversupply and forceful letdown. I didn't think I had this, but some of the things on the checklist on Kellymom and LLL website ring true - sometimes A is clicky, sometimes she clamps down, sometimes she gasps and coughs, and sometimes if I pull out I spray her in the face which all suggest the forceful letdown. However, I don't have the boobs feeling full all the time, and she doesn't go more than 3 hours between feeds. She does have quick 10-15 min feeds though. She does only have one breast as they suggest.
Does anyone have any other suggestions of what this could be and how I can fix it without having to give up bf. That's the last thing I want to do! As I said, she's absolutely normal in herself, no temperature, so pretty sure she's not ill. She's gaining weight - not quite as much as she was - she was doing about 7oz a week and has just put on 6 in 2 weeks but is well within her line and noone other than me seems worried!
ETA - I have photos if my desciption wasn't enough!
19/04/2013 at 17:31
I thought green poo was an indicator of too much foremilk (thirstquenching) and non enough hind milk (fatty stuff) and therefore you should try feeding from the same boob at next feed rather than switching. So 2feeds from left boob, then 2 feeds from right boob.....
You say she isn't gaining as much weight as she was - is she following her percentile?
19/04/2013 at 17:35
I also thought green poo was either when they had a cold or too much fore milk. Can you express some off before each feed or feed twice from the one side? Their weight gain does slow down a bit but I wouldn't be concerned unless she's dropping the chart consistently
19/04/2013 at 17:43
Thanks both. Kellymom and LLL both suggest too much foremilk, as did the bf consultant yesterday. Both websites also suggested that she could be getting too much foremilk if I had an oversupply and forceful letdown was also linked. They both said not to express some off first as it could make it worse if it's an oversupply. I'l try the feeding twice from one side to see if that makes a difference. She last fed at 2.30 and is sleeping at the moment so will be due a feed when she wakes so will feed the same side as before.
She's still following her percentile line so the HVs aren't concerned at all. I did think the weight gain might slow a bit, just wasn't sure if it could be connected.
19/04/2013 at 18:29
Have you been eating grapes? I had almost the same thing with my A, turned out it was because I'd eaten a lot of grapes that week. I guess any acidic food would do the same, plus the extra dribble.
I had forceful let down/over supply, but it never really caused much of a problem for me bar the occasional green nappy - which could have been from that, or from a little cold or from what I'd eaten.
19/04/2013 at 18:49
T went through a green poo phase - he had a cold and in the end I think that's what it was. I was worrying about foremilk/hindmilk too and got quite stressed about it, changed how I fed etc. Nappies went back to normal after a while but he had green poo on and off for probably 3 weeks. I did the same as you, spoke to HVs etc and they said the same - as long as he's well in himself, not losing weight etc then not to worry. If you think she's emptying your breasts then I wouldn't stress too much about it (easier said than done I know!). No idea if my ramblings are helpful, I think my point is that the cold virus could still be lingering and making its way out. x
Edited as I'd put 'he' instead of 'she' as I was thinking of T!
19/04/2013 at 19:39
snot and sort it's aliva can both cause mucous in poo, your diet can also affect colour of poo.(One friend had terrible trouble with poos until they realised it was her drinking orange juice that was causing the issue)
Disoc had some really interesting nappies when he was dribbly/ snotty for the first time. Deaf try feeding from the same side twice in a row and see if it helps, but it may well settle in it's own time
19/04/2013 at 22:20
Thanks everyone. Welshthistle your ramblings helped loads.
I'm going to try not to worry and just keep an eye on it. I'm not eating anything different to when she was having yellow nappies and not feeding any differently either. However, this evening I fed twice in a row on the left and then at bedtime when she's finished feeding I winded her and put her back on for more twice so she got a really good feed and hopefully drained the breast a bit more. She's a quick feeder due to the fast flow and guzzling so her not taking long doesn't usually worry me but now wondering if she has just been filing up on foremilk. Who knows! All I can do is see what happens I guess.
I feel a lot more relaxed about it knowing other people had it too.
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