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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 16:43 PM   1
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Diarrhea?


My baby girl is 5 days old, she started out with formula at the hospital because I could produce absolutely nothing to feed her with. (I'm working on pumping and at least bottle feeding pumped milk if I can get something going)
She was excessively spitting up/throwing up, so we were switched to Similac Alimentum and adding rice cereal to it. She's holding it down much better, but today after pretty much every feeding she's had diapers that look literally like mustard in both color and consistency. The poop is runny enough that it's come out the back once or twice and looks like it's about to come out the legs.
I'm extremely concerned it's diarrhea, but everything I google makes it look like her poop is normal....but for a breast fed baby and she's not had any breast milk at all. I'm calling the pediatrician in the morning for sure, but am I worrying over nothing? She's eating fine today, just the diapers scare me.



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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 20:03 PM   2
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That's what baby poo looks like! Sounds completely normal to me. It is runny, mustard coloured and when you get a poo-splosion or poo-nami, boy does it go everywhere! Up the back, out the legs, across the room - no joke.



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 20:15 PM   3
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My concern is it's been a lot of diapers today...every time she's been fed she's had runny poop. It just seems TOO runny, and too much compared to the past couple days.



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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 20:40 PM   4
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As newborns both of my babies pooped (very watery) during or after every meal, it's totally normal.



 
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Old Sep 10th, 2017, 21:55 PM   5
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Rice cereal is extremely hard on their tummies, especially that young. That could be causing issues. It really shouldn't be given until 6 months.



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2017, 00:47 AM   6
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I'd stop the rice deal she's way to young. If there's a issues with spit up reflux you need to see the gp or hv if your in the uk they can give medication to help these but at 5 days old non of this would worry me other than the rice cereal



 
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Old Sep 11th, 2017, 15:39 PM   7
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I thought it was wrong to give them any cereal this young too, but I talked to a couple girls that were due around the same time as me, but ended up having their babies a couple months early. Both of them have been told to use rice/oatmeal cereal in their formula as well and all 3 of us use different pediatricians.
I'm in the US, I would have never even tried the cereal without talking to the pediatrician first. She seems better today.



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Old Sep 16th, 2017, 01:19 AM   8
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I definitely wouldn't give rice cereal. Your baby is way too young - wait until 6 months.



 
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Old Sep 17th, 2017, 03:58 AM   9
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The mustard coloured poop and pooping after every feed is totally normal newborn behaviour. Its a really good sign that she is digesting her food well and quickly (sometimes formula can cause constipation, so runny poop is a great sign that it isn't causing issues).

Regarding the spit-up: how much formula was being given per feed in the hospital? Babies' tummies are tiny and naturally spit up if they get over full as for the first week of life their tummy cannot stretch. Over the first week their tummy gets larger and at about 7 days old it begins to be able to stretch to accommodate larger amounts of food, so perhaps it was not reflux at all, just baby getting rid of excess food.

If it is reflux, thickening her milk may work but here is the UK we would never use rice cereal but rather a specifically designed food thickener HOWEVER we have the NHS and baby medicine is FREE. Your paediatrician may well believe medical thickeners are over priced or know they aren't covered by insurance so recommends something they believe works just as well. I've always been told that rice cereal in bottles is a choking hazard but perhaps there is a different product in the USA which doesn't cause this risk.

Regarding producing no colostrum (it only comes out in drops at first - literally you'd be lucky to get 1ml after expressing from both sides that first day), if it really is zero and no sign of milk coming in well after about day 5, then I'd maybe start asking whether you might have retained placental tissue. This stops milk production happening properly and often isn't spotted straight away.



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Old Sep 18th, 2017, 08:40 AM   10
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She was eating about an ounce at a time, give or take, in the hospital. She continued with that at home, just the spitting up/throwing up started. The pediatrician actually watched her throw up a large amount at her first appointment and that's what concerned him, on top of what we'd just told him.

The cereal in formula must be very common where I live, I've had too many other moms tell me they do the same thing on doctor's orders.

Thickening the formula has helped, although she still will throw up small amounts on occasion. Sometimes I think she tries to throw up and can't as well, maybe silent reflux?

I've been attempting to pump and getting almost nothing, I don't even feel I've changed in size or feel engorged at all. I think I'm just unfortunately not producing well enough, which is very disappointing.

We are using a different formula and it has helped with the poop issues, quite a few of those diapers I originally posted about were nothing more than liquid. I know I said they were like mustard, but there were some that were nothing more than mustard colored liquid with nothing even remotely close to "solid." That scared me quite a bit to be honest.



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