Re: Too much hind milk?
Welcome to the forum! The good news about green poops is that they are not in and of themselves a health problem. They can even be a variation of normal. So don't let the green, yucky-looking, yucky-smelling nappies get you down- in an otherwise healthy, happy, growing baby, they are like spit-up: a laundry issue, not a health issue.
There's no such thing as "too much hindmilk," and even if a baby did eat a diet of nothing but creamier-than-average milk, it would not result in the kind of diapers you're seeing. It's really important to know that there's actually no such thing as foremilk or hindmilk- just milk. Foremilk and hindmilk are just convenient terms for describing the end members of the spectrum of fat/lactose/water content of milk. The milk that comes out at the beginning of a feeding is watery, lactose-rich, and relatively lower in fat (foremilk). As time goes on at the breast empties out, the milk becomes gradually creamier (hindmilk). There's no abrupt switch from one kid of milk to the other, nor is one kind of milk better than the other. Both the so-called foremilk and the so-called hindmilk contain everything a baby needs to grow and develop, provided they get enough of it.
So, if your oversupply/forceful letdown are under control, what's causing the green nappies? Here are some possibilities:
- Illness. It is not uncommon for babies to produce green and foul-smelling poops during and sometimes even after a bout of intestinal illness- and this is the season for nasty gastro bugs!
- Allergy/intolerance to something in your diet. Most likely to be dairy. Wheat and soy are the runner-ups. Some babies are extremely sensitive to allergens in mom's diets and even "hidden" dairy or soy (the trace ingredients lusted way, way down the label) can cause weird-looking diapers. But please don't drive yourself nuts with dietary eliminations- again, in a healthy, happy, rowing baby, this just isn't a big health issue!
- Teething. Sometimes green poops crop up when baby is teething hard and her drool faucet is on full-time.
- Lactose overload from oversupply. Since you know you've had oversupply issues, I'd consider this to be the most likely cause of the green nappies. It doesn't mean you need to further reduce supply- just wait a while and see if the intestinal irritation eases as you and your baby adjust to the new supply level.
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