2.5 months old baby having green stools from 10-12 days.

Hi doctor, My baby is 2.5 months old. He is on breastfeeding. From last 10-12 days my baby is having green colored stools. And since last 2-3 days having liquid with foam like green stools. Is this normal or worrisome?

 

2.5 months old baby having green stools from 10-12 days.
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  1. Hello Dear,

    Thank you for writing to us at MediMetry.
    Sometimes a baby will have green colored stools. This doesn’t always indicate a problem. It’s normal for breastfed babies to have curdled looking poo that ranges in color from yellow to green. However, if your baby has persistent frothy or foamy green stools, this may be caused by a foremilk hindmilk imbalance. Foremilk is high in lactose and low in fat. If a baby is taking in a lot of foremilk, he won’t be able to digest all of the lactose in it. The lactose will sit in his gut and ferment, causing acidic green stools and gas to form.
    Green foamy stools are a sign of foremilk hindmilk imbalance, but having green stools alone, doesn’t indicate an imbalance. If your baby is happy, nursing well, and gaining weight, there is probably nothing to worry about. Some babies just have greener stools than others. If he has other symptoms such as constantly wanting to nurse, spitting up a lot, fussing, gassiness, or has a diaper rash that won’t go away, this might be due to a foremilk hindmilk imbalance. To correct an imbalance mom may want to try block nursing or limit nursing to just one breast per feeding.

    Hope this answers your query. Feel free to write back with follow-up questions.
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