The contents of your baby’s nappy is a great way to check that breastfeeding is going well.
If your baby is pooing and weeing, these are great signs they are getting all the milk they need. Every baby’s stool patterns are different. You’ll learn to recognise your baby’s as time goes on. It’s normal for breastfed babies to pass loose stools.
Your baby’s first poo is called meconium and will be a greenish black and sticky texture.
After a few days this will change to a yellow or mustard colour as your milk changes from colostrum to breastmilk.
How often should your baby poo?
- In the first 48 hours: one to two wet nappies and at least one meconium per day
- Day three to four: three or more wet nappies, two or more stools changing to a lighter, runnier, brown or greenish colour per day
- From day four and for first few weeks: your baby may pass two yellow stools every day. These should be at least the size of a £2 coin
- From day seven: six or more wet nappies per day.