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
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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,
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