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Old 01-11-2011, 11:57 AM
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Hi there, I am sorry I haven't posted much lately but I am keeping up with you all! Let's discuss baby poop:
Maci has had green mucousy poop for the past 6 days... She was at the doc for her well baby visit and her ped said it is probably a virus and should clear up in a few days but may last 7-10. Then she said if it lasts beyond that it could be a food sensitivity to something I am eating (often times it's dairy). Has anyone experienced green mucousy poop and what ended up being the culprit?
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:09 PM
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yes, and it ended up being a dairy sensitivity plus other things. i cut out the obvious foods first, but it didn't help and she started having blood in her poop too so i had to cut out all hidden dairy and casein. it helped a lot, but i also figured out that she didn't tolerate corn and beef either. it was a long road, the green mucousy poops don't go away overnight. i cut out everything and started with very basic, bland foods like turkey and rice. after two weeks, i added one new thing and kept adding another food every two weeks until i figured it all out. it.sucked. it was worth it though.
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:14 PM
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yes, and it ended up being a dairy sensitivity plus other things. i cut out the obvious foods first, but it didn't help and she started having blood in her poop too so i had to cut out all hidden dairy and casein. it helped a lot, but i also figured out that she didn't tolerate corn and beef either. it was a long road, the green mucousy poops don't go away overnight. i cut out everything and started with very basic, bland foods like turkey and rice. after two weeks, i added one new thing and kept adding another food every two weeks until i figured it all out. it.sucked. it was worth it though.
hmm, that might be a shorter road than cutting things out one by one. So what did you eat?
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it was difficult, but all i ate for a year was chicken, turkey, fish, rice, most veggies, fruits, pasta, sweet potatoes, and oatmeal... and a lot of it.
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I called her ped and she seems convinced it's a virus. I don't know what to do.... Start cutting out dairy or wait longer?
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my oldest had those green poops for a while, and with her it turned out to be when she had a small virus. is she fussy otherwise? i might give it a bit and see if it is some small bug; if it lasts for a while, then i'd consider cutting dairy out and see what happens.
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yeah, i agree w/shi.
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Poop is still green, going on 10 days
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I would call the doctor, and asked to be seen.

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Old 01-13-2011, 11:43 AM
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it could also be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. i know that can cause green poops too. have you tried block feeding?
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it could also be a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. i know that can cause green poops too. have you tried block feeding?
that is what i was thinking too. how is her weight gain?

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Old 01-14-2011, 10:57 AM
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that is what i was thinking too. how is her weight gain?

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Her weight gain is good. She shot up in the first month and has now settled into the 50th percentile. I pump while I am at work during the day and since I came back to work she occasionally has a brown poop. I guess I should block feed when I am with her?
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Her weight gain is good. She shot up in the first month and has now settled into the 50th percentile. I pump while I am at work during the day and since I came back to work she occasionally has a brown poop. I guess I should block feed when I am with her?
definitely try block feeding and see if you notice a difference. it's really hard to limit your diet (it's all trial and error) and you have to eliminate a food for quite a while to notice any change. it's a last resort, imo, when other things don't work.
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definitely try block feeding and see if you notice a difference. it's really hard to limit your diet (it's all trial and error) and you have to eliminate a food for quite a while to notice any change. it's a last resort, imo, when other things don't work.
Is there anything specific I need to do with pumping to make sure each session contains hindmilk?
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try massaging before you pump and compressing/massaging while pumping if possible. i'm not sure what else you can do except to make sure you're pumping long enough to empty thoroughly. if it doesn't interfere with your let down, you can usually tell by looking at the milk too. it'll start off watery looking. the hindmilk is a lot thicker.
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try massaging before you pump and compressing/massaging while pumping if possible. i'm not sure what else you can do except to make sure you're pumping long enough to empty thoroughly. if it doesn't interfere with your let down, you can usually tell by looking at the milk too. it'll start off watery looking. the hindmilk is a lot thicker.
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hand expressing at the end helps a lot too. i remove the horns and hand express into them and find that it gets out that last bit that the pump doesn't.
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So the Doc advised we do a poop study. So this weekend I was collecting green poop samples into the vials. FUN! Otherwise Maci is a super happy baby. I have been block feeding, I wonder how long it would take to see an improvement? She had brown poo almost all day yesterday, then back to kelly green today
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If she's content and growing normally, then I'd try not to worry too much. I know it's hard...let's see what the study shows.
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just wondering if this has been resolved
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The poop study came back normal other than slightly elevated white blood cells which is what they see with a food sensitivity. Last week I cut out dairy and her poop went from green to carmel over the course of a few days. It is still a little mucousy, but I am thinking it might take a while because her bowel may still be irritated. Thanks for thinkin of me!!
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that's good. i'm glad cutting dairy is helping. it takes the body up to two weeks to get rid of proteins from dairy, so that may be why.

eta: when i say the body, i mean mama's. the protein still passes through breast milk for up to two weeks after consumption of dairy.
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