Isn’t it amazing how much you become interested in another human being’s poo when you become a mum? ?
And the sheer variety of colours and consistencies it comes in is amazing – and sometimes daunting, if it’s not quite what you were expecting.
Yep, poo is a big topic on our forum – and when you bring a new baby home it can all be a bit scary.
At the hospital, the doctors or midwives will probably make you aware of your baby’s first poo – meconium – which is often black and sticky.
After that though, it can go a range of colours – and consistencies – as mum debbiemc says (talking about breastfeed babies particular):
“Breastfed babies poos do come in some rather strange colours, green being one of them.
“Don’t worry – you will have a rainbow of colourful nappies before long!”
And pixie_woo says:
“I was used to the mustard-yellow shade of baby poo and then one day I was greeted by lurid green!
“I have no idea what makes it change colour or texture (where do those lumps come from?)”
“The first few poos after birth look black/dark green and are very sticky and fairly stinky!
“This is called meconium and is entirely normal. Over the first few days it will turn green/yellow/brown: breast fed babies often have bright yellow ‘mustard seed’ like poo.
“It is also normal for babies to open their bowels anything from 8 times a day to twice a week!
“If after the meconium has passed your baby develops black stools, if it is white or if there is red blood in it seek medical advice.”