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Whats In The Nappy?

The contents and the amount of dirty and wet nappies change day by day at first. These changes can help you know if feeding is going well. 

Most parents who breastfeed worry if their new born is getting enough to eat. One way to check is to keep track of nappy changes — how many you change, and how they look.

In the first few days you may notice that your baby’s poops are thick and dark green or black — these are your baby’s normal first poos, made up of meconium.

After this meconium has passed, the poos will change to a yellow colour, and become softer and runnier. Each baby is different, but you can probably expect at least six wet nappies and at least two poopy nappies a day in the first few weeks.

  • Babies poos do not all look the same.

    The colour of your babies poo will change from when they are first born. It may also be different depending on how you have chosen to feed them.

    You can use this guide below to see what is normal and when to seek advice from a GP.

    Black Green- This is the first new born poo your baby will do, This is normal in the first few days of life. 

    Mustard Yellow-Breastfed baby poo is usually mustard yellow, but it can differ slightly. It is usually quite runny.

    Tan/Yellow-Formula fed baby poo can be yellow or tan in colour. It may also be of thicker than breastfed babies.

    Green- Is normal, can sometimes be seen in formula fed babies or babies eating solids(after 6 months)

    Red- This could mean there is some blood. This may be harmless but you should call your GP to get it checked.

    Black-If your babies poo is black after the first 5 days, you should get this checked by your GP. 

    White/Grey- If your babies poo is white or grey in colour, call your GP as it may be a sign of a problem.

  • It can sometimes be hard to tell if your babies nappy is as wet as it should be. A Midwife or Doctor may ask you if your baby is having 'heavy nappies', but what does this mean?

    Try this test so you have an idea of what to expect: pour two to four tablespoons of water into a dry nappy and pick it up. That’s roughly how heavy your baby’s nappy will be when wet, from day five onwards.

    Some nappies will have a strip which tells you that the nappy is wet, this can help reassure you they have had a wee if you aren’t sure.

    If your baby is wearing a reusable nappy, you may need to open it to check whether it’s wet. Some reusable nappies have a liner inside, which you can check for wetness. Others may need the cloth of the nappy itself checking.

Who Can Help?

If your baby is less than 28 days old you can contact your local midwifery team or you can contact the Healthy Child Programme at any time following your baby's birth by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

The Norfolk Healthy Child Programme has a team of infant feeding champions who can contact you by video call/telephone initially to discuss your questions and refer you to further help if required. All of our staff are trained to Unicef standards to provide you with the best possible breastfeeding support and advice.



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