6 answers

Breastfed Four Month Old with Green Poop; Foremilk/hindmilk Imbalance

My breastfed four month old has green bowel movements (no signs of illness; NOT rotavirus!). For nearly a week all of her b.m.s have been green to some degree; a few *shockingly* green ones while others more brown/green or yellow/green.

I understand this is likely due to a foremilk/hind milk imbalance and isn't uncommon. And I've read that one solution is to offer only one breast per feeding.

So I have two questions: (1) Is such an imbalance a concern? i.e. is the green poop *bad* for my little one (she's 95th percentile in weight and thriving)? (2) If I offer one breast per feeding, is that something I'll have to continue indefinitely?

What can I do next?

More Answers


Foremilk is more watery to satifsy a babys thirst and Hindmilk is thicker and richer (Fattier) to satisfy hunger. If she is in the 95th percentile and doesn't get fussy at feedings it sounds like nutritionally she is getting what she needs.
If you start offering only 1 breast at each feeding your body will adjust to that and only produce milk accordingly. If you decide to go back to feeding from both sides your body will adjust to that too, although it will take some time for your milk supply to "catch up".

1 mom found this helpful

1) My 6 month old will occasionally have green poop, but like your daughter she'si n the 95th percentile so I don't worry about it too much.
2) I only offer her one breast per feeding because I have an oversupply. This works great for us. If you fear your daughter won't be getting "enough" each time, keep her on one breast for as long as possible (through a couple letdowns at least, if you have more than one per feeding) and then switch to the other side. Just make sure to start her next feeding on the side you last fed her from.

1 mom found this helpful

Yes it could be a formilk hind milk issue but she may just have green poop. All three of my girls who were exclusivly bf for the 1st 7 months had green poop at various times. Make sure that she completely empties one breast before switching to the other side. As far as I could tell that as long as she is gaining weight and thriving there isn't too much concern.
Enjoy this time it flys by!

1 mom found this helpful

probably something that you are eating.

if she is happy and healthy and growing dont worry about it

I fed both kids on one side per feeding.

It worked better for us.

I was an overproducer and my kids had reflux. so they couldnt handle eating on boht sides when they were young.

1 mom found this helpful

Hi C., I breast fed my son until he was two months shy of turning three yrs. old.
I did the one breast at a time routine early on. He nursed so often that I could barely keep track. One breast at a time simplified it for me. It will take your body a short time to adjust (lopsided breasts) but it will soon adjust.
I think it is much easier to do it this way (but what do I know, I only have one child). Plus you don't have to worry if they are getting the hindmild this way.
good luck. (nobody will notice your lopsided breast but you)

1 mom found this helpful

One of the biggest culprits with green poo, and especially the neon green stuff, is "grape." Whether you've had a grape soda, grape kool aid, grape medicine, grape candy... If you've had any of those kinds of things, it can carry over into your milk supply and affect the baby. There is nothing wrong with it if that is the cause. Just FYI...

Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.