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    Default Do I need to drop dairy?

    Baby is 14 weeks. He's had green frothy stools.

    I stopped drinking milk. It got a little better. Yesterday, I had some Greek yogurt. Today, another very frothy green stool.

    I may have oversupply-pretty sure I did early on. My boobs were like fountains. However, that seems to have eased recently -- I don't leak or spray any more.

    Am considering dropping dairy completely to test this out. Any other ideas?
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    Default Re: Do I need to drop dairy?

    Are you seeing mucous or blood at all? You might try posting in the allergy forum so that the allergy mamas see this, but green frothy stools really just sounds like oversupply. What is your nursing pattern like?
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    Default Re: Do I need to drop dairy?

    Before you go down the dietary elimination rabbit hole, you want to make absolutely sure the issue isn't oversupply.
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    Default Re: Do I need to drop dairy?

    No blood. I don't think there's mucous. This looks like sherbet.

    He nurses about every 3 to 4 hours depending. He typically will only take 1 side at a time. He stays awake for 1.5 to 2 hours at a time, and he may nurse himself to sleep a little before his next nap -- taking the 2nd side that time.

    Any time he nurses on a side, that side stops feeling full. He empties it, it seems.

    He'll stay on the breast anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Sometimes, I know he's just lingering.

    I've read about block feeding. I'm not sure how to implement to try. Can someone help me?
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    Default Re: Do I need to drop dairy?

    So really, the only concern here is green poop? The baby isn't uncomfortable, he's not resisting nursing or kicking up a fuss while nursing? If so, I don't think I'd do anything about this at all. Just keep letting him nurse at his own pace, on one side at a time if that's what he wants. Eventually your supply should adjust to match his demand very precisely- at that point you might even have to start nursing on both breasts- and the green poops should be a thing of the past.

    Because you need to nurse on just 1 breast at a time, and because your baby is going such long times in between feedings, I think you probably do still have some oversupply going on.
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    Default Re: Do I need to drop dairy?

    I suggest try nursing a little more often, but still one side at a time. More frequent feeds is usually a fast cure for any issue wiht baby getting too much lactose (from human milk) which is what this possibly is and relates to oversupply and/or forceful letdown. If that does not do the trick, you can eliminate dairy if you think it will help your baby be more comfortable. if the symptoms all go away again, it makes sense to do another 'test' by ingesting a nice serving of dairy and seeing if the symptoms come back again.

    Block nursing is very effective at rapidly reducing milk production. So you would want to be very sure the problem is really overproduction, baby is gaining very rapidly, and it is a real problem for either you or baby before acting to reduce your milk production.

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    Default Re: Do I need to drop dairy?

    They are turning more yellow. I have dropped dairy just because it doesn't really affect ME personally to not have it. I had already dropped milk itself b/c it was giving me acne, apparently.

    Next question: teething drool - that can cause the green, too, right? He's teething like nuts.
    Miss Sassy Pants 1/9/05 BF 13 months
    The Animal 5/25/11 . . . BF 15 months
    Just welcomed Flash 4/24/13 . . . getting to know each other
    Married to the man of my dreams.

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