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What can you expect in your newborn's poops for the first week?

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For the first week or so, your baby’s poops will look thick and black or dark green. That’s called meconium, and it’s the substance that filled her intestines before she was born. After that’s out of her system, her poop will become soft and runny. If you breastfeed her, she will have light yellowish, seedy-looking poop. If she eats formula, it will be firmer and tan or yellow in color.

After a few weeks, the pooping slows down. Breastfed babies can go a week with just one bowel movement, while formula-fed babies should poop at least once a day.

From: A Day in the Life of Your Newborn WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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