“The Good Milk”

There aren’t two types of milk in your breasts. There isn’t low-fat milk and high-fat milk, good milk and bad milk, thin milk and thick milk. There is just breastmilk.

Do you know how they make skim milk? Probably not, because very few of us have ever seen raw or unhomogenized milk. When you milk a cow, the milk comes out warm and fluid into the bucket. The milk is chilled and the fattier milk rises to the top. Then, whoever is processing the milk “skims” the fat off the top. What is left is a low-fat or no-fat version of milk. Get it? Skim milk?

If you have pumped and put your milk in the fridge, you have noticed the same phenomenon. As the milk cools, the fattier, more opaque milk rises to the top and the bottom portion of the milk appears thinner, more translucent. Perhaps you would call this milk more “watery.” But, it isn’t watery. It doesn’t lack nutrients. It is just lower in fat.

Breastfeeding moms read a lot about foremilk and hindmilk and, for lack of a better term, obsess about it. I talk about this with moms way more than I care to. Why?

Because, in my opinion, this is a completely nonsensical and irrelevant topic 99% of the time.

We don’t know the fat concentration of your milk when the baby first starts nursing, nor do we know the rate at which the milk gets fattier.

You may have read or been told that you must nurse for at least 15 minutes for the baby to get the “good milk” a.k.a. “the hindmilk.” Not true. Some babies get it immediately, for some babies it takes 45 minutes. This depends on your milk supply, the time of day, the last time you nursed, and whether Jupiter is approaching Saturn.

What we do know (and when we say “we,” I mean people who help women based upon evidence, not based upon what Dr. Spock preached in 1978) is that something triggers a baby to release the breast when they have had enough fatty milk. That is why it isn’t a good idea to time a baby’s feeding and pop him off at some set arbitrary time. It is also why you shouldn’t keep putting baby back on the same boob to “empty it” even if he is popping off. If he seems done with the first boob, whether it has been 10 minutes or 45 minutes, by all means, offer the second one!

What we also know is that the hindmilk takes longer to get out of the boob than the foremilk because it is thicker. Like a milkshake takes longer to pour than a glass of milk. So, yes, technically the baby gets the milk that flows out easier first. But, it isn’t like skim milk, skim milk, skim milk, half-and-half.  It is more like skim milk, 1%, 2%, whole milk, half-and-half–meaning that the milk gets progressively fattier as the feeding goes on. This also explains why your baby camps out on the boob all evening long and cluster feeds. In the evening time, you may have noticed that your breasts feel less full. Many women tell me they “have nothing left” in the evening. Not true. Your boobs have milk, but it is mostly that thick fatty milk. So, baby needs to suck extra long to work that thick yumminess down to his mouth. Since it is lower in volume and takes longer to get out, he is there longer (and often falls asleep from all that effort). But, your reward is that a belly full of fatty milk yields a nice chunk of sleep for baby (and hopefully for you as well).

Speaking of the “empty boob,” we know that a boob is never empty, so it is a very silly thing to say. Depending on how much milk you make, your baby chooses to drink about 70-80% of that milk and typically no more. As baby is drinking from the breast, your breast is already refilling. Now, you may not be able to pump anymore out, but it is still in there, getting ready for the next feeding.

“But Katie,” you say, “my baby’s poop was green and I Googled green poop and it said my baby has foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.”

Ahh, poop. As a mother, you will be very interested in your child’s poop until you can trust him to properly wipe himself (around five to seven years old). You will discuss your child’s poop with your husband at the dinner table. You will text your mom about it. You will set it aside during a diaper change and come back to it later to take a closer look.

Here are a list of possible appearances of your exclusively breastfed baby’s poop:

yellow

yellowish brown

yellowish orange

orangish brown

orange

brown

light brown

dark brown

bright orange

spinach green (it may even look like it has spinach in it)

grass green

olive green

greenish brown

greenish yellow

*lime green

with curds

without curds

runny

semi solid

muscusy

watery

*black (not including the first few days of meconium)

*white

*small spots of bright red blood in any colored poop

*streaks of mucusy blood in any colored poop

I address poop a bit in next week’s blog, but know this: All of the above colors are normal except those with an asterisk. If you baby’s poop is black, call your pediatrician ASAP. If your baby has a lot of blood in his diaper, like a bothersomely large amount, call your pediatrician ASAP.  It isn’t normal, but it isn’t a reason to freak out and immediately only eat turkey and brown rice and/or switch to formula.

For lime green poop and poop that has a little bit of blood, I am going to give you my nurse/motherly advice for when odd things happen.

(Disclaimer: Severe injury, extremely high fever, or other obvious emergencies obviously don’t count here. Use the good sense God gave you.)

When something odd happens…

The first time, take note and say, “Huh. That’s weird. It is probably a fluke.”

The second time, pay attention and look for trends: “I am going to watch closely to see if this happens again.”

The third time, seek help: “I had better call my pediatrician on this one.”

But, we were talking about lime green poop, right?  If a baby is having lime green poop most diapers of the day and is extremely fussy, then I will entertain the conversation about foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

In the meantime, if your baby’s poop isn’t lime green or bloody, you get to stop obsessing. We can talk about other reasons why your baby may be fussy. We can talk about ways to soothe your baby. But, can we please stop talking about at what point exactly your milk switches from water to ice cream? Just nurse your baby on one boob. When he seems done, offer the other one. If he wants it, great; if not, fine. Start with the second one next time.

Phew!

 

56 Comments

  • Siné says:

    Finally! A post about poop that doesn’t say mucous is the devil. I knew I wasn’t crazy for believing it was fine, but it’s nice to see it in print.

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  • Nikki says:

    Thank you for this! I was actually just reading (errrr obsessing) about this imbalance. My 6 week old had had slow weight gain and someone mentioned that maybe she wasn’t getting enough hind milk. I nursed our other two kids without a problem. I think this one is just a little stinker. She has kind of had a rough go at it. We are getting there though. 🙂

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  • Erin says:

    Sounds like I need you! My first son had all of these symptoms: green bloody stool cried all the time, reflux symptoms. Was on a TED till 9 months exclusively BFd till 9 mos. he had scopes and tests done, intestinal biopsy. No answers.

    Baby 2 redo of everything except I’m not on a Ted. Just no dairy. Still fussy gassy reflux bloody stool. Read about an imbalance noticed your picture my milk has very little cream & I have a forceful letdown. My cup is in the F-G range. My lactation consultant said the imbalance is a myth & we are still suffering…

  • Gem P says:

    Excellent article I would also like to add white poop to the list *this is a serious one that suggests a problem in the liver/bile duct and you probably won’t find a lot of info from Google about it as most dr’s would have any idea what is going on either.

    • KatieIBCLC says:

      Hi Gem! Thanks so much for your comment! I can’t believe I missed white poop. It is now added thanks to you 🙂

  • Karlie Fisher says:

    You beat me to it Gem! Was just going to write the exact same thing. As mum to a baby with liver disease, I wish I’d known about white/pale poop sooner.

  • Mysti Berg says:

    I’m curious about the effects with breastfeeding twins. Is it possible to feed both with breastfeeding? Or after the first one is done and I pop the second on, will they not be able to get any?

    • Sarah Lester says:

      The breast is never truly empty. You could assign each a side or you could switch sides each feed. Many moms find it easier to BF both at the same time but you could feed them separately if you like.

    • River Thompson says:

      I am currently feeding twins. I let one nurse one side to her hearts content, and then feed my other girl on the other side. So far they aren’t unbearable little fussy butts unless I get into dairy but that’s another story. When we first started nursing I tried to rotate who fed on which side. Wow was that hard to keep track of. Now it’s whoever squawks for food first gets the breast that wasn’t fed on last.

      • Kristin Thomas says:

        I keep each twin on the same side all day. I switch them every day so Monday twin A get right Tuesday twin A gets left. Sometimes I have to think about it but for the most part it works pretty well and is fairly easy to keep track. I don’t always feed at the same time but do always feed back to back, if not at the same time so that may help me keep track a bit. The assign a side to each baby for the whole day was suggested to me by an IBCLC.

        • KatieIBCLC says:

          Yup! This is one way to feed twins, another is to give each baby one boob at a feeding, then switch them at the next feeding.

  • Shavon Lowndes says:

    Wow! What a wonderful and insightful article. This cleared up a lot of misconceptions that I had. Thank you!

  • Rachel says:

    Hi, please could you point me to the blog you reference above which relates to baby poop!? I’d be interested to read it because my baby has blood specks in his and although we are seeing a paediatrician next week I’d be interested in this. Thank you.

  • Lara Jo Taibi Burks says:

    Hi Katie- I’ve seen lime green poop in my 3 month old daughter’s diaper 2-3 times. Too much foremilk, I suspect. Everyone thinks I am obsessed with the hind milk/foremilk issue, but I think I’m right in being concerned. She nurses for shorter periods of time, so I’ve tried putting her back on the same breast for multiple feedings. However, I don’t want to decrease my supply. I have a very fast let-down, so I think she gets filled up on the foremilk quickly. How would you correct the issue? She’s a very happy baby although she can be gassy at times. If it makes any difference, she mostly nurses laying down which we started early on due to let down issues. Also, I for sure had an over supply at one point not too long ago as when I first gave birth I was advised to pump with a hospital grade pump after every nursing to establish my supply and I kept that up for the better part of a month.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Best,
    Lara

    • Hi Lara! Thanks for your comment.

      If it helped to block feed her (feed on the same breast a few times in a row), then continue to do that, but perhaps pump the opposite breast during that time to prevent your supply from dropping. Another option would be to let her nurse and get the first let down, then offer that same breast again shortly after she has had a break or some pacifier sucking. Then she may be able to get more hindmilk and some more pleasant nursing time (maybe you can sit up for the second half of the session!).

      You may also notice that the green poop comes after a feeding when your breasts are particularly full, like in the morning, but not after a feeding when your breasts are softer, like in the evening. It is normal to have higher concentrations of fat at different times of the day and in turn different colors of poop.

      It is really easy to fall into poop obsession. But, you say she is a happy baby! There is nothing about lime green poop that is medically harmful to your baby, so you need to decide if all this poop obsession is the best use of your time and emotional energy. Only you can answer that 🙂 Good luck!

    • Leenz Kay says:

      Hi Lara,
      I know this is 15 days old, and I don’t know if you’ve sought help elsewhere, but I follow a blog called digimoms (digimoms.com) where people can ask questions anonymously to a group of moms who come from all walks of life. I say that just to preface this information, because I am not an expert. I am a FTM just learning, so I may be WAY off base, but a question like this came up once, and they suggested pumping/hand expressing the excess foremilk so that the baby doesn’t end up “filling up” on it. If you want to check them out they have a search option if you don’t feel comfortable asking your own question and this one might come up. I hope this helps!

  • Suzie Simmons says:

    What an excellent article, thank you!

  • Kiani Perez-Paas says:

    Can you eat anything while breastfeeding? Some people say it’s not good to eat anything like fat food, candy, soda etc. Would all those foods affect baby? & do you need to drink milk also? Since I started breastfeeding I seem to eat alot & feel hungry alot also, is that normal?

    • Giselle F. Garcia-Wiese says:

      I do, eat everything that is, unless I am allergic to it. Sometimes baby has sensitivities to certain foods & you do an elimination diet to figure out what it is that’s causing the fussiness/discomfort, but unless baby is acting fussier than usual or showing signs of being uncomfortable constantly & consistently, it’s not necessary. Of course, the healthier your diet, the better you feel when nursing (& when not nursing too). Drinking milk is not absolutely necessary, but you do need to drink A LOT of fluids. It is normal to be hungry & thirsty ALL the time, drink lots of water & try to choose more filling foods & healthy snacks to curb the craving, have a stash near your nursing chair, that’s the greatest thing ever, this way if you get hungry or thirsty mid feeding you don’t have to get up or ask anyone to get you stuff.

      • Kiani Perez-Paas says:

        Ok thank you, i’ve been trying my best to drink alot of water etc. since I have a 3 yr old & a 4 month baby its impossible to do so lol, do you need to take prenatal while bf? Right now im not, what kind of prenatal gummys would you recommend? Since I cant swallow pills.
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        • KatieIBCLC says:

          Hi Kiani. Thanks for your questions. Giselle has great advice for you. I recommend you stay on a prenatal vitamin while breastfeeding, or at least a multi vitamin with DHA. Eat a well balanced diet, nothing is restricted.

  • PheiLeng Ooi says:

    Dear Katie, my little girl is 2 months old now. I am full breastfeed mom and I noticed my little girl will only poo after 5 to 7days! Is this normal?

    • KatieIBCLC says:

      Hi PheiLeng! So, if your baby is growing well and having 5 or more wet diapers per day, it is totally normal for her to not poop for up to a week. She may go back to pooping everyday, then skip a few days. Breastfed babies find their own pooping rhythms. I would recommend if she goes for longer than a week and she starts to seem uncomfortable, give your pediatrician a call!

      • PheiLeng Ooi says:

        Thanks Katie!
        In fact I am not direct latching for my girl, I feed her by bottle after pump out. This shouldn’t impact my girl in receiving the nutrients from the milk right?

  • Bdivis says:

    What are reasons a baby pulls off while nursing? My 1 month old has to be relatched at least 7-8 times per nursing session. And he gulps on the left side and sometimes coughs. And he spits up and has hiccups frequently. I block feed right now….

    • KatieIBCLC says:

      Hi! Thanks for your question. It sounds like you are on the right track to deal with what sounds like a little Too Much Milk https://balancedbreastfeeding.com/do-you-make-too-much-milk/ Your baby is probably popping off to deal with that forceful flow. The question is does your baby pull off or fall off? Pulling back is a common behavior to cope with too much milk and although it is frustrating, it is much better than the alternative- clamping! Now, if your baby FALLS off, that is another issue. Meaning does it seem like your baby can’t maintain seal on the breast even when the milk isn’t coming out super fast?

  • Lexi says:

    Hi Katie, my baby has the lime green poop and occasionally it has specks of dark green. I pump every 3-4 hours. This just recently started happening and she isn’t fussy. Should I be concerned ?

  • Zorana DeVasier says:

    My baby’s stool is lime green and I have no idea what to do. She will eat and then she will start fussing and not wanting the breast anymore so I feel like I can’t force her to keep eating even though I don’t think she is getting to the hind milk. My husband says to just pump that way her bottles have the fatty milk in them. But I really want to keep breast feeding. Help anyone!

  • Dana says:

    Oh man, I really hope to get some feedback even though I’m a bit behind! My son (3 mo old) is getting exclusively breast milk however it is pretty much solely via bottle. I am pumping about 4-5 times in 24 hours and producing way more milk than he is using, currently. He can’t really seem to go for longer than a 1.5-2 hr stretch without eating (ever), maybe he will go 2.75-3 hours at night, maybe. I’m wondering if he is getting too much foremilk? Is there a technique for getting more hind milk when pretty much exclusively pumping? He is definitely gaining weight (about 16lbs now) and is a happy baby so all is good on that front. I’m just thinking we may be getting some better naps and night sleep if he was getting more calorie dense feedings?

  • Monique De Lange says:

    Wow! Thanks for the wonderful article. I love the way you say things like it is. I learned a lot and laughed a few times. So good for a stay-at-home mom like me! I actually found a nice article on poo (while we on that subject). Just wanted to share with you xxx http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/baby-poop.html

  • Kelly Mac says:

    Thank you so much for the info! I have a pumping question however, when I pump I get mostly “watery” milk from the left boob and “fatty milk” from the right, which means I pump about 1oz on the right for every 5 on the left. I usually switch halfway through so the watery bag gets more fatty and I end up with two full bags with a fatty layer on top. My question is, my baby prefers the left more “fuller” boob. She will only eat from the right when shes sleepy and not starving/picky, and this is only on the 2-3 days a week I am not working, so when I stop pumping at work (about 6 more weeks till she is 12 months old) then what will happen to that right side if she doesnt nurse from there for lets say a few days a week? Or should I make it a habit to make sure to offer both breasts at night when I come home from work? TIA!!

    • KatieIBCLC says:

      Hi Kelly. This is very interesting! I never cease to be amazed by boobs. They are all so different, just like babies! So, one of two things will happen when you stop pumping at work (woohoo!) Either it will make no difference to her because that was her “nursing” boob anyway, meaning that boob is a lot about comfort and a little about food. Or, 2. She will reject the right boob entirely and just nurse on the left. If the later happens, except for being a little lopsided, breastfeeding can still go on for as long as you’d like. That said, I would suggest you try to keep righty in the game and offer in every evening. It is always nice to have a pinch hitter, you know? Good luck!

  • Amy Garner says:

    I don’t like this article. I really get frustrated when women obsess or worry too much too, but she made it sound like there’s no difference between foremilk and hindmilk and there is.

    Green poop does indicate more foremilk than hindmilk, but like she said, it’s nothing to worry about unless it happens repeatedly.

    The reason why I care about women paying attention to foremilk and hindmilk is when they’re pumping. If you’re pumping just at the beginning or just at the end, the milk they’re storing might lead to a fussy or still hungry baby.

    The picture shown as the example is super skewed too because that’s a 1 ounce vs 5 ounce bottle. If someone’s trying to prove a point, the comparison should be identical bottles.

    • AL says:

      It’s not a 1 oz vs 5 oz bottle. It’s a 5 oz bottle that has about 3.5 to 4 oz in it, and a tube that is 2.5 oz (and which is filled more than the 2.5 oz line). I get that it might be better to take a picture with the same size bottle….but regardless the picture still holds true to what she was trying to get across.

      • KatieIBCLC says:

        Thanks AL! Amy, I think you raise a good point that moms should know that if they pump just before the baby nurses or just after the baby nurses then the composition of the milk will be different. Also, the photo would be a little bit of a better depiction if I showed the same container for milk, yes, but the point was to show the difference in the percentage of separation, not as a straight comparison to one another.

  • Rachel says:

    Hi Katie! Great article! I have a question for you. My baby’s poop seems to be fine, mustardy yellow to green, depending on the time of day. My question is is that my LO seems to get lazy when my flow slows down. He starts tugging and un latching. Is there anything I can do? He gets super frustrated, so I have to switch sides. He is now almost 4mo and he is only gaining around 4oz a week. He does have over 5 wet diapers (more like 7/8) and at least 1 to 2 poopy diapers a day. Should I be concerned?

  • Emily Colt says:

    Great write up, but how does that work with twins? Usually I nurse them at the same time. Is my body learning this?

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  • Ashley Ammons says:

    Hi Katie
    I have some questions for you. My baby is 10 weeks old. We saw a lactation nurse from the hospital he was born in today for feeding issues. He only eats on each side for 5 minutes or so, then pulls off and fusses, relatches, pulls off, fuss, etc. The lc said that she doesn’t think it’s tongue tie or lip tie which I thought it was after the ent told us he had slight tongue tie. But she said he took in about 2 ounces on the left boob in 5 minutes, then we switched and he took in less than an ounce on the right because he was fussy and irritated. She said his intake is good and his weight is good, he’s around 11 lbs. So she suggested I try block feeding because of the fact that his poop in green. He has torticollis so he just really hates laying on his right so doesn’t spend much time eating from the right boob. Do you think this is good? I will be pumping whatever bob he didn’t eat off of because I don’t want to lose my supply. We start pt next week so I’m hoping it’ll fix the feeding issues. Basically she thinks he’s not getting enough hind milk. His poops are mostly green, mostly seedy, sometimes yellow and seedy and sometimes green and frothy. Its more of a forest green though not lime. What do you think?

    • Netsirhc Legan Retarp says:

      I noticed my lo pulls off and fusses or acts like he is fighting…. I’ve figured out that he wants to eat but he needs to burp and it really makes him mad that he can’t chow down … so when he pulls off and is fussy I burp him or tilt him and he will let out a big ol healthy burp and is ready to chow down again … maybe this is happening to your lo also.
      He’s 3 months old now and still does this from time to time and still just a burp fixes him right up

  • Diya r says:

    Hi lovely article. Sometimes in a day after latching
    If my baby immediately sleeps off and does small suckles some times. I de latch him. Next after twenty minutes he asks for milk. Should I offer new breast or the discontinued one. Please help.

  • Jessica Lynn Guyton says:

    My baby is 2wks old and I’m having major problems with over producing. I’ve apparently had this problem with all now 5 of my children. But just now learning that over producing is actually a bad thing. I stopped BFing my others cuz I thought it was a milk allergy and they all took special formula. Yet still had reflux. I just learned that if baby gets to much foremilk (the watery lactose milk) that it can mimic signs of colic and reflux and milk allergy. Also cause bad diaper rashes and if to much lactose is digested bloody stools which is also a sign of milk allergy. So in this case I would think to much foremilk is a bad thing. My baby’s poop has been pretty green and from what I’ve read that’s a sign of to much foremilk. Along with her other problems (chocking, pulling off boob often, gulping, sucking in a lot of air, very gassy, bad reflux, hiccups after every feeding, red/blistered bottom) I would say to much foremilk is a very bad thing. Of course you need a balance of the two. So how can I get that balance for her? Right now I’m trying block feeding. But I can’t handle the pain of engorgment on whichever boob she’s not feeding from. Have thought about just pumping and bottle feeding her. But I don’t know how much foremilk to hindmilk she needs. Just want her to not be in pain anymore.

  • Carly Cory says:

    Great article! What about twins? My b/g twins are 3 months old and ebf. My son is quite a bit bigger and a great and fast eater. My daughter is growing well and is a slow and steady eater. About a month ago I started noticing green poop (varies in all shades) and it hasn’t gone away. She is still very calm, happy, and sleeping through the night. My son’s diapers were normal until 4 days ago, and are now green too. I called the NP at my ped and she suggested I feed them 2 times in a row on the same side before switching (I typically switch sides each feeding.) my son has been very fussy since his poops starting becoming green. Any suggestions?

  • Rachel Smith Parker says:

    Can a baby be sensitive to certain foods in my diet but not allergic? We have had allergy testing done and came back 100% negative for any major allergens. However, when she is on breastmilk, she has EXTREME gas and colic and is clearly very uncomfortable. For a month, I pumped and gave her a hypoallergenic formula and she did great – none of those problems. After seeing the allergist, we reintroduced breastmilk and we are having the same symptoms again. Should I try avoiding dairy?

    I have also been reading about fore milk/hind milk imbalance and think that this is the more likely answer. When I was exclusively breastfeeding, we were seeing green, mucusy stools with some blood, causing the pedi to misdiagnose as a food allergy. When I pump, I do produce at least 5-6 ounces on each side. Once it has settled for a day or so, the fore milk and hindmilk separate and there appears to be a very small amount of hindmilk (less than a half ounce). What do you think?

    Thank you!

    • Tess says:

      Hey Rachael, I know you posted this a couple of months ago but I was curious as to if you’ve figured out your child’s issue.
      I ask because my son is currently a month old and we are having the same issue. I have removed dairy but it’s only been a week but little improvement but I also resorted to using cows protein free formula, Nutramigen. I do a mixture to ease the elimination process. His doctor just says to limit the dairy he’ll be fine but he’s so unhappy.

      • Stephanie says:

        I know this is old, but I too am curious Rachel if you ever got this resolved? I have been dairy/soy/egg free for 4 months. Strictly and was EBF until a week ago, as my LO wasn’t gaining properly and still had random blood specs in stool. I have a forceful let down and I thought maybe my supply wasn’t what I thought it was, until I switched LO to Alimentum (no blood in any stools) and had to pump cause I was so engorged and have gotten 20 oz in less than 24 hours, so I feel like supply isn’t the issue but wondering could it be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and maybe he pulls off and is full off foremilk before getting to the good fatty milk. He has been tested for EVERYTHING and tested negative to all allergens. Specifically a milk protein one twice- negative. Once at 10 weeks and once at 5 mo. I would love to keep pumping and maybe giving some of both, but the elimination diet is extremely hard to maintain especially when he still has some random blood specs… Now that hes been on formula for only a week, he gained 10 oz which is more than the 6 he gained in 3 weeks on breast milk alone. He is not a fussy baby, Never colic, sleeps good and if you didn’t scope his stools out you may never know something was up… well until we kept track of his weight. GRRRRR

  • Shelby says:

    I know this is really old, but I am curious…..we exclusively pump and bottle feed and mine almost always looks like the bottle on the left, where there is a thin line of fat on top. I’m pumping about 8-9 oz every 3 hours, and he is eating about 7 oz every 3 hours (10 weeks old) and has been since he was about 5 weeks old. I always felt he was eating “too much” but everything I read and my ped said babies don’t overeat. Even in this situation, is it not considered an imbalance since I will never see fat like the bottle on the right?

  • Sara Kurtulus says:

    My babies 7 months old since yesturday poos have been lime green with curds whiteish curdyness and mucusy ish not as orange mustard colour as usual 🙁 freaking out
    But baby is happy smiling playing like usual?

  • Amanda Brooke says:

    Thank you. First time mom, with my mom passing when I conceived. This was helpful. I’m more of a tough love gal, raised that way, but with lack of family I have to reach out to the damned internet.
    This helped ease my mind. My baby has been fussy last 3 days and is a month old. She refuses to nap and sometimes only nurses for 10-15 mins w/o taking the other boob. Other times she’ll suckle for 20- 30 mins one side.

  • Katie Puhr says:

    I keep coming back to this blog. My baby’s poop has been green for over a month. No diet changes on my part. He typically has one blow out a day. When I pump, I can see the cream that rises to the top is pretty minimal, so I wonder if he’s not getting enough fat? But even so, if the only symptom of that is green diapers and zero extra fussiness, does it matter?