For those of you reading this article, I hope it helps shed some light on any issues your baby may be having with green poop. While I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to be, I have done research up the wazoo on the issue of green stools in babies due to first hand experience with my son. This article is not for those with weak stomachs, as there are actual pictures of my son’s diapers. I found very few blogs and articles depicting the poop I was finding in his diaper each day. Hopefully the article and pictures will help another mom struggling with the same issue.
Let me start off by saying that while my son had (and still does occasionally) many green poops, he was very healthy and happy. If your baby has green stools and seems sick in anyway, call your doctor right away as this can be a sign of infection.
My story: My son had normal, yellow and seedy, poops for the first 6 weeks. After this, I started noticing bright green or dark green stools every couple of diaper changes. After speaking with my pediatrician, he didn’t seem too concerned as my son was growing and thriving well. For my own personal experiment, I gave up both dairy and soy because I read that an allergy to these may cause green poop. No luck. His poops continued to be some shade of green almost every diaper. I was still concerned. I had been dealing with an oversupply issue the entire time, but I thought I had it under control. (Oversupply often causes a foremilk-hindmilk imbalance, which leads to irritation in the gut and causes green stools. Click here to read more on oversupply.) Since I hadn’t had dairy or soy in 6+ weeks and there was no change, I figured I would try an elimination diet to see if he had food allergies. I was already eating gluten free, dairy free, and soy free, but I decided to stop eating corn, nuts, seeds, eggs, and nightshades as I read about possibilities of allergies with those foods. During the elimination diet, his poops got slightly better. I added in corn and eggs, and didn’t notice a change for the worse, so I figured those foods were in the clear. During this time, I also got my oversupply better under control and added in a probiotic to my son’s daily routine. I truly think both of those combined helped solve the issue. I still have yet to add back in nuts and nightshades, but I don’t believe they will cause him any issues.
This is what his green stools looked like. (He even had a tiny spec of blood three times during his very green stool period. The doctor said not to be concerned unless the blood was in every diaper and/or the amount increased.)
The takeaway: While my son MIGHT have a minor food intolerance to specific foods, I believe his green poop was/is caused by my oversupply issue. I thought I had it under control, which is why I started the elimination diet in the first place. The thing was, though, I didn’t. Once I starting managing it better, the poops took a turn for the better. I am still working on oversupply, but things are looking up!
If you are a mom struggling with a similar story, feel free to contact me to discuss more.