Re: oversupply green poo help!!!
Welcome! Green stools can be a result of oversupply, but they can also be caused by an allergy or intolerance to something you are eating that is coming through in your milk. So before you change your feeding pattern, you want to make sure you have lots of oversupply symptoms, like:
- baby chokes, coughs, gags, spitters, or clicks at the breast
- if baby unlatches during nursing, you often see milk spraying or streaming from the breast
- you frequently feel full or engorged
- you experience frequent leaking
- if you are pumping, you are able to pump multiple oz with ease
If you are seeing any or many of those symptoms, and the baby is continuing to have green poops yet is gaining weight well, you should continue to block feed and eliminate any pumping You may also want to try feeding in a reclined position (gravity helps to slow milk flow). A cup of sage or peppermint tea may also help, since those herbs can help reduce milk supply. You do not want to try to change your baby's feeding routine. Schedules are the enemy of successful breastfeeding, even in cases like yours. Smaller, more frequent feeds may actually help your baby take in less milk overall and that may help with his discomfort. If he's starving each time he comes to the breast, he probably feeds very fast and very sloppily, taking in too much milk and also too much air. You also don't give up on nursing! Lots of moms here have nursed through oversupply, and if you are just patient it will eventually abate. And even if you do have oversupply, your milk is still the best thing for your baby, way better than formula.
The final thing you may want to pursue is a dietary elimination. Common allergens that crop up in your milk are dairy, wheat, and soy. I'd cut out dairy first and see if there's an improvement, since cow's milk protein is one of the most common causes of green and odiferous stools. (Note: an intolerance to cow's milk protein is not the same as lactose intolerance, which is a problem with the sugar in milk, and which is vanishingly rare in babies and young children.)
Can you tell us more about the colic symptoms you are seeing? Do they strike at a particular time of day, how long do they last, is there anything you can do that consoles the baby?
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