Looking into nappies

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Your might think you will never be thetype of mother who smells your baby’s bum to check for poo. Ha! Chances areyou’ll do that, and even SMS your partner to share the news.
  • If you breastfeed your baby, you can expect the stool to be a yellowy, mustard colour, green brown or even orange.
  • It will be loose, unformed and probably a semi-liquid. This does not mean that your baby has diarrhea.
  • Your baby will have 2 to 5 dirty nappies per day in the first 6 weeks – could be a lot more. As long as the stools are soft, and not red or black your baby is healthy. Expect black stools for the first few days as the meconium clears from your baby’s gut.

After6 weeks your baby will have fewer dirty nappies, this is normal and your babymight even skip a day or two.

Breastfedbabies rarely get constipated. If you see hard, round stools a number of times,try giving him a teaspoon of cooled boiled water between feeds until there’s animprovement.

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