"Is it meant to be black?" A handy guide to newborn poo, from what's normal to when to see a GP.

Raise your hand if you've spent more time than you'd like to admit analysing your bub's poo. Guilty here! I know that when I had my first bub, Nahla, I was obsessed! 

Every nappy change I was looking at the colour, the consistency and frequency. It quickly became a top point of conversation between my husband and I (and, well, anyone who would listen).

While there is so much to analyse about your bub's number two's, one of the most important things is consistency. Baby poo can vary so much, and it's often hard to know what's normal and what needs medical attention. For me, I know this information would have been so helpful to know as a first time mama.

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The first poo your bub does is meconium. It's thick, sticky and black to dark green. 

Meconium might go on for a few days. Once your milk starts to come in, the meconium will change to a lighter green and be less thick or sticky. 

By around day three to four, the poo should change to yellow-orange, and be runny in consistency. BUT, there's a huge range of 'normal' amongst bubs. 

Here's what to look out for depending on where your newborn baby is at with feeding.

Breastfed baby poo:

  • Soft and runny. The range of 'soft' can vary. It can be liquid-like with curds, or a bit thicker like cottage cheese. It might even vary from one nappy to the next.
  • It shouldn't be hard like pellets or have any blood.
  • It is RARE for an exclusively breastfed baby who is receiving adequate milk to become constipated.

Formula-fed baby poo:

  • Generally firmer consistency, but still should not be hard like pellets.

Solid-fed baby poo:

  • Once you introduce solids, bub's poo will become firmer, but again, there is a huge range of normal.
  • Some bubs may become initially constipated when introducing solids, but this should settle in a few weeks.
  • Even with solids, poo should not be hard like pellets and should not contain blood. If it does, make sure your bub is still receiving enough breastmilk or formula, a wide range of food groups and have a chat with your GP.
  • It may have undigested food in it because the digestive system is still developing. Generally, this is normal.

When you should see a doctor:

  • Diarrhoea should be checked by a GP to make sure your baby doesn't become dehydrated, especially if accompanied by vomiting.
  • Pale poo [pale yellow, white or grey] requires immediate medical attention.

Remember, you always know best! So if you think something isn't right, you're concerned or you're just unsure, do not hesitate to reach out to your GP, MCH nurse or even your paediatrician. 

The best-case scenario is that your bub is healthy and you get to know their poo a little bit better!

I'm still poo-obsessed to this day - so mamas, if you're like me, know you're not alone! 

This post originally appeared on Instagram and has been expanded and republished here with full permission. 

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