Fluffy, yellow stool is a normal case in newly breastfed babies. However, there are still many normal features in baby poop. Here’s a guide to baby poop colors to look at:
- Blackish green. After birth, the baby’s first stool is blackish green and lasts a long time. This type of baby poop is called meconium.
- Brownish green. When the baby is started on breastfeeding, the meconium turns green-brown and then yellow-brown.
- Yellow. About five days after birth, breastfed babies usually have stools that range in color from yellow to greenish yellow or brown.
- Chocolate. If you feed your baby formula milk, the color of the stools may be light brown and pale.
- Other colors. When your baby starts eating solid food, the stools may be dark brown – although strange colors are also possible. For example, baby poop will look red after your baby eats beets or foods containing dark blue color, for example, after he eats berries. Green and orange droppings are also possible. You may also find undigested lumps of food in your baby’s stool.
When you change your baby’s diaper, pay attention to the consistency of his bowel movements. Babies who are fed breast milk often have watery stools. However, stools that are watery can indicate diarrhea and stools that look like pebbles could indicate constipation.
If you are concerned about the color or consistency of your baby’s stool, contact your pediatrician. This is especially important if your baby’s stool has any of the following:
- Black after the first few days after birth
- Red or bloody
- White or gray
- Consistently runny
- Consistently large, hard or hard to get out
When you call the doctor, be prepared to describe the condition of your baby’s stool, including color, consistency, volume and frequency. The more details you provide, the better the doctor will be at helping you determine what is normal for your baby and any medications that may be needed.