This breastfeeding thing is hard! There's so much out there about what to eat and not to eat, about what might be upsetting your little one's tummy, or what I'm eating that might be making her fussy. I've cut out dairy and peanut butter, sugar and wheat, eggs and soy...I know it's important for a breastfeeding mom to get enough calories and I feel like I'm running out of options!
But I want to do whatever I can so that my 12 week old daughter gets what she needs. One thing I'm having difficulty figuring out with any sort of elimination diet is why her poop is green. Her pediatrician says not to worry--as long as it isn't black or red, the color of poop doesn't matter. But it wasn't always green; for a short time after we brought her home, it was seedy yellow. I recently went one day without eating chicken, and her poop went back to yellow. Now it's green only rarely and usually then, only at night.
Can you tell me what's up? Do I really have to stop eating chicken, too?
If you haven't already, I suggest first doing some research on Foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. That can be one cause of green poop that often masks itself as food sensitivities. If you think it still may be something you're eating, you can try an elimination diet (various ones found online.) But, it is important to keep at it for several weeks as it takes a while for the proteins to be completely eliminated out of babies system.
I actually guest blogged a few years ago about my daughter's bought with MSPI (Milk and Soy Protein Intolerance.) If you'd like to read about how we got to the bottom of the green poo, check it out here.
Hope this helps!
Tracy Abney, Birth Doula
Tracy Abney is a certified birth and bereavement doula serving Huntsville, Madison and other parts of north Alabama.