#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: It’s Green! Does That Matter?!


Q: Hello Doctor! Help a lady she’s in need, Mmm my 3-month baby worries me. I breastfeed and use formula at the same time. His faeces are green. What might be the problem?? Thanks

A: Thanks for writing in.

In babies, green poo can be due to:

  • Baby not nursing sufficiently from one breast before being moved to the other breast. This means that the baby gets more (watery) fore milk than the fattier, nutrient-dense hind milk.
  • If baby is bottle-fed, it could be due to the particular formula being used. Try switching to another formula and see if it helps
  • Diarrhea
  • Inadequate intestinal flora in breastfed babies

Though this question is about babies, I’ll mention some cause of green poo in children and adults:

  • Eating a lot of veggies
  • Diet rich in iron
  • Diarrhea
  • Presence of green food dyes etc

I hope this helps.

All the best! J

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