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
- 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
- Presence of green food dyes etc
I hope this helps.
All the best! J