Bowel Movements

Bowel movements of newborn babies vary considerably in size, color, consistency, and frequency. A baby may have several bowel movements daily, or none for a few days. Frequent bowel movements in a breastfed newborn are a good indication that he is getting enough breast milk.

Stools may be yellow, brown, or green - firm, loose or pasty. Your baby's first stools are black-green, tarry, and sticky. They are called meconium. By day 2 or 3, the stool will probably become brown to green and seedy. A breastfed baby's stools are generally yellow, loose, and seedy once past the meconium stage. The stools of a bottle-fed baby may be yellow, green, or brown and may be loose to well-formed.

Change your baby's diaper as soon as possible after each bowel movement or wetting. Clean the diaper area and wipe it gently with a cotton washcloth or a non-sensitizing diaper wipe.

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