Green Baby Stool?

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Morning Doctor,nnI have a 1.5 month old son. Currently my child is consuming breast milk + formula (More formula because I have less milk). My son is allergic to cow’s milk.nnAt first my child consumed Enfamil gentle care milk. The color of the stool is good (bright yellow) and once a day. However, one time he pooped every 2 days. His Dsa gave him a ranking to change his milk to Nan PH Pro 1. The frequency of his poop is 1x per day but the color is dark green.nnMy question is is this normal? How long until the color of the stool is green? Should I change the milk to enfamil again?nnThank you,

1 Answer:

Hi Maitri,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

The most ideal source of nutrition given to infants under 6 months of age is breast milk (breast milk), without any additional food or drink, including formula milk. In fact, as long as you breastfeed your baby regularly, there is no need to worry about your milk production being insufficient. God has arranged in such a way that your milk production is in accordance with what your baby needs. Therefore, you should not rush to add formula milk for your child.


Giving the baby additional formula milk that is not appropriate, especially using a pacifier, can actually make the baby experience nipple confusion so that they are increasingly unwilling to breastfeed directly from your breast. If left unchecked, then milk production will decrease because breast emptying is not optimal. This is certainly not good for your baby's growth and development.


Some types of formula milk have a high enough iron content so that it can make the color of the stool black, green, or also gray. This condition is likely what your child is experiencing. As long as the baby's bowel movements still occur no more than 3 times a day, and your baby doesn't show any complaints, such as abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, or vomiting, this is probably not dangerous. However, it is likely that the stool will remain that color as long as your baby is consuming the same dairy product.


Does your child need to change formula milk? The answer is that you should consult directly with your pediatrician. The selection of the right type of formula for each child can vary greatly depending on the child's own condition. So, it can't be generalized, right.. With a doctor's examination too, it can identify the possibility of other factors that can cause your child's bowel movements to be greenish, for example due to gastroenteritis, bile duct disorders, lactose intolerance, poisoning, and so on.


Our advice, don't get too hung up on "what kind of formula is best for my child?" Because, as good as formula milk, it will still not be able to match the quality of breast milk. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you perform relactation (breastfeeding back) for the good of your baby. This is done by:

Don't give formula using a pacifier, switch to a spoon or cupfeeder
Slowly increase the frequency of breastfeeding directly from the breast, reduce formula feeding
Increase your milk production by expressing it frequently when not breastfeeding, drinking lots of water, eating healthy foods, avoiding stress and fatigue.
Always keep yourself clean while breastfeeding
Also keep the objects around the child clean

If it's difficult, don't hesitate to consult directly with a lactation consultant doctor at the nearest health facility.

Green feces

I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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