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The feces of newborns (appearance, frequency, characteristics ...) it tends to steal the attention of parents, especially if they are first-timers: color, texture, intensity ... Next we will talk about the bowel movements of newborns when they are fed with breast or bottle. Are there differences between those who drink formula milk and those who eat breast milk? There are and we will tell you about them below!
The first newborn bowel movement - known as meconium - it is very dark, it can even appear black, very sticky, similar to oil ... It is usually expelled in the first 48 - 78 hours after birth, however, it can sometimes be eliminated during childbirth.
In general, the feces of newborns are all, more or less, the same. However, depending on the type of diet the parents have chosen (either Breastfeeding or artificial lactation), the stool will be one way or another.
That is, as the parents feed their baby, the poop will change. Below we see it more carefully, and it is that said in other words, depending on how the newborn is feeding, so will be the baby's poops.
The baby poop that is fed through the mother's breast will vary as breastfeeding changes as well. They have a golden yellow color, but they can also be greenish to brown (depending on what the mother eats).
As for the consistency, it is semi-liquid and usually has lumps ... (it resembles the poop of a bird). Mucus threads can also appear between them, a fact that usually scares parents a lot, but don't worry! As long as it is little, it is within normality.
As for the smell, it may not have or it may be very slight. However, what we must take into account the most is the frequency with which our baby does his business. Normally, newborns fed Breastfeeding can poop from once after each feeding to once every 2-3 days.
It is very easy for parents to mistake normal poop for their newborn with a diarrhea (false diarrhea in this case). Thus, they should remain calm and calm, because little by little the baby's intestinal rhythm will become regular.
The poop from babies fed Artificial lactation differs greatly from the poop of breastfed children.
First of all, the consistency of the stool will tend to be considerably harder (with formula, much more residue is produced, unlike breastfeeding, which is almost entirely absorbed).
In addition, the number of times the baby poops decreases, so the baby can go up to two or three days without passing stools. And is that the artificial lactation it produces more constipation than breastfeeding (whenever this happens, the pediatrician should be consulted for treatment).
On the other hand, the color is also different. It will be brown (or greenish yellow, generally darker). And, as for the smell, it must be said that they will smell worse, nothing to do with the poops of mother's milk!
Thus, the poops of a newborn fed with formula milk more closely resemble those of older babies.
It is important that parents know the characteristics of the stool depending on the feeding of their baby to avoid unnecessary worries. Everything is learning!
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