The Colors of Newborn Poop

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Are you looking for the scoop on newborn poop? The truth is newborn poop can be quite alarming, ranging in colors from green, yellow, orange, and black.

The color of your newborn’s stool will give you the best clues as to what is going on with your baby. 

For most newborns, the first bowel movement occurs within three days of birth.

The first stool consists of meconium (fecal matter present in your baby’s intestines before he or she is born).

The resulting stool will be pasty, thick, and sticky and can be black, green, or numerous colors in between. Parents need to look at their newborn’s meconium to make sure that it is not bloody or laden with mucous. If it is, you should give your pediatrician a call.

Once the meconium has passed, your newborn’s stool color and consistency will change significantly. It will become looser, possible runny, and will begin taking on a yellowish, seedy look. This normally occurs around the third or fourth day of life in breastfed babies and indicates that the mother’s milk supply is transitioning from colostrum to milk. In formula fed babies, the transition likely occurs more quickly.

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The frequency of newborn poop also varies greatly. According to Dr. Jay Gordon’s The Color of the Day: Solving Bowel Movement Mysteries, most breastfed babies will produce stools anywhere from 1 to 10 times per day.

Formula-fed babies will produce stool likely one to two times per day. Even so, he advises parents ‘not to freak out’ should your baby not have a bowel movement for an entire day. Instead, look for signs that they are constipated, straining, or uncomfortable, and call your pediatrician accordingly.

Remember that stools vary from child to child, and can be influenced greatly by the diet of breastfeeding mothers.

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28 comments

  1. Grace says:

    what does the yeast smelling poop mean

  2. Marshawn says:

    Really good article

  3. Danielle says:

    Agree good article

  4. tatiana says:

    thank you for the information.

  5. joyce says:

    This is great information especially if you are breastfeeding.

  6. KT. S says:

    Great information! Thank you!

  7. ibeth says:

    Good to know !

  8. Marilyn says:

    I’m looking forward to that hehehe

  9. Sierra-Dawn says:

    I almost look forward to what color my son will surprise me with:)

  10. Helpful! I never would have thought I would be so concerned about poop until I had my son. =P

  11. Angelwings says:

    the poop game. I can say breast feed babies can get constipated and poop less often as well. My son follows my habits of pooping. Doc says its normal for baby to take on one of the parents bowel habits.

  12. sheenaholman says:

    I was worried when I realized that my girls poop was not the "normal" color and not seedy. It never has been and the pediatrician said that it was normal for her.

  13. JBurn says:

    …interesting…
    constipation for little ones is NO fun

  14. Jeanetta says:

    When I saw the meconium the first time I freaked out, I didn’t expect it to look the way it did.

  15. Valerie says:

    Good to know what to look for! 🙂

  16. Jeanetta says:

    Great article, I didn’t know about the meconium and that most breastfed babies will produce stools anywhere from 1 to 10 times per day.

  17. goldiemom82 says:

    my son’s is yellow for right now from breastfeeding.

  18. Leslie says:

    I’m glad my daughter does pretty much every day.

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