What Should A Breastfed Newborn’s Diaper Look Like?

Your newborn’s diapers are a good indicator of whether or not your baby is meeting their dietary requirements from being breastfed.

Breastfed newborn poop is initially thick, black and tar-like called meconium. Breastfed stools will become a greenish-yellow color three or four days after birth as they consume more breast milk. The more your newborn nurses the quicker this meconium to “breastmilk poop” change will happen and more dirty diapers they will have.

The first 24 hours: The first one of the types of breast milk your newborn receives is called colostrum. Colostrum is so concentrated your newborn may only have one or two wet diapers during this time.

After 3 to 4 days look for the following diaper frequency and color :

  • Six (maybe more) wet diapers per day that have clear or very pale urine. Fewer diapers or darker urine can mean your newborn is dehydrated. If you see orange crystals in a wet diaper, contact your doctor right away — these can be a sign of inadequate fluid intake or dehydration and hazardous to your newborn’s health.
  • A healthy newborn’s bowel movements should look loose and maybe seedy with a yellow or yellow-green to tan color. Expect four or more bowel movements each day typically occurring after each breastfeeding session. The odor of a newborn’s bowel movement should mild. Strong odors could indicate intolerance to the breastfeeding mother’s diet.

Around Six Weeks:
Around six weeks of age your baby’s bowel movements will be getting further apart. Breastfed babies typically have fewer bowel movements than formula fed babies. It is normal for a child of this age to have a bowel movement every other day with no signs of constipation. As always if you are concerned about the frequency of your child’s bowel movements or the poop colors please call your family doctor or lactation consultant.

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