Why is my baby’s poo green? We answer all your poop questions

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Worried about your baby’s green poo? Not sure how often your baby should need a change? Here’s your baby poop colour chart

six weeks old
, it’s normal for your baby not to pass a stool for seven to ten days. Breastfed babies rarely get constipated, and it’s normal for babies to strain or even cry when they’re doing a poo, but if your baby seems uncomfortable, it’s worth getting in touch with a health professional.
Your baby will often become constipated
. She may appear uncomfortable and pass a
hard, pebble like stool
. This isn’t always something to worry about, but if you notice three or more nappies like this, contact your doctor.
I’m noticing a rainbow of odd colours in my baby’s poo – is this ok?
It’s not always green poo that can cause concern. Seeing
unusual colours
in your baby’s poo is often a sign of undigested food (for example lumps of red can sometimes be beetroot). The odd poo with lumps of food in is nothing to worry about, but if you notice this happening more frequently and are worried about your baby’s digestion, it’s worth booking an appointment with your GP.
How often should my baby poo?
This really depends, but on average you can expect to see four poos a day during your baby’s first week.

This will often slow down to two a day by the time your baby turns one.
If you’re breastfeeding your baby, for the first few weeks, you may see a yellowish stool after every feed. Newborn formula fed babies can also poo up to five times a day at first, but after a few months, this can drop down to as little as once a day.
My newborn baby girl has white discharge in her nappy – is this ok?
A
white discharge
in your baby’s nappy a few days after birth is perfectly normal and is triggered when hormones cross from the placenta into your baby. These hormones can cause a discharge, or mini-period, but will soon disappear from her system.
What if my baby’s poo is a lot paler than normal?
If you notice your baby’s poo to be a
lot paler
than it normally would be, talk to your GP or health visitor immediately. Pale white, chalky or grey stools are often a sign of liver disease, so these are not nappies to ignore. 
Still confused? Have a look at our handy colour chart –

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