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6 Week Old With Explosive Poops – Normal?

by New Mom

My 6 week old is breastfed and recently started having explosive poops that fill his diaper and often leak out the sides. They are yellow and curd like, but watery. Is this normal?

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Explosive Poops In Breastfed Newborn

Congratulations on your new baby :)

Breastfed babies definitely tend to have far looser poop than babies who are bottle-fed… and the yellow/curd-like appearance you describe is absolutely normal.

Explosive poops are normal too at this age. However, the fact that it is watery indicates that there may be a slight problem – either a tummy upset, or perhaps a digestive issue (maybe YOU have eaten something that doesn’t agree with your baby, particularly if it’s something you didn’t tend to eat when you were pregnant). Read here about how what you eat while breastfeeding can affect your baby.

Since young babies often tend to poop often, especially if breastfed, it can be tricky to know if a baby has diarrhea or is simply pooping often. You can read about symptoms of diarrhea in infants here.

Either way, I think in this situation the best option would be to discuss this with your doctor – he or she may take a sample of your baby’s stool to check for any problem. In an older baby, it might be acceptable to wait a day or two and see if things improve, but at 6 weeks, babies can dehydrate very quickly and it’s always better to be on the safe side.

Hope this helps,
Christine

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Comments for “6 Week Old With Explosive Poops- Normal?”

Sep 23, 2012

REPLY TO 6 WEEK OLD POOP

by: Princess


YES . THIS IS VERY NORMAL FOR THE BABY TO HAVE EXPLOSIVE POOP. MY NEWBORN DOES THE SAME AND SHE IS BREASTFED AND I ASK HER DOCTOR AND SHE SAID THE POOP WAS NORMAL.


Oct 03, 2012

3 month old with green poop

by: Anonymous

My baby had be going musters color but it’s now change to green is that ok?


Nov 06, 2012

explosive poop

by: Anonymous

Yellow is normal, explosive or green indicates the let down could be too fast and baby is consuming fore milk rather than the creamy hind milk, talk to la leche league :)


Jan 19, 2013

normal poop

by: Anonymous

I had a similar problem except it was green and slimy and as I found out I was making too much milk so I expressed just about an ounce off the top before i nursed. The fore milk is high in lactose and hind milk is high in lacatse, the enzyme used to digest the fore milk. I hope this helps someone. also baby was colicky as a result.


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