Post-delivery, whether normal or C-section, most women feel completely dazed. But it is during this time that some important points need to be considered and understood. For instance, the baby should be made to breastfeed and the mother must keep a check on the poo and peep for the first 48 hours to ensure that everything is normal. If you notice anything unusual, you must bring it to the notice of your caretaker. There are times you may end up over-reacting but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Baby poop may not be as pleasant as some of the other surprises you will encounter as you settle into parenthood. But it is definitely something that can send a new parent into a panic when you see something that doesn’t look very normal.

Here are a few points that you may want to keep in mind Similar to adults, your baby’s poop color, form and texture is a great way to understand what’s going on in his or her digestive tract from top to bottom. Some babies pass stool immediately after being fed which is a normal gastrocolic reflex where the stomach is activated as soon as it is filled. This is nothing to worry about.

Newborn Stool

Baby’s first stool called meconium can be quite alarming as it is black and tarry. It is sterile and passed from intestines that are not yet full of bacteria and hence it is odorless. If your baby is moving her bowels well, the stool will begin to lighten in color over the next couple of days.

Normal Breastfeeding Stool

Babies that are exclusively breastfed have creamy or soft stool that is yellowish or greenish in color and may have a speckled or seedy appearance.

Normal Formula-Fed Stool

Babies that are formula-fed will have stool that looks much like peanut butter. And this Stool will also have a stronger odor.

What’s Not Normal

There are some colors and consistencies of stool that may indicate a problem.

Black stools which can result from digested blood.

Bright red stools which are a sign of a milk protein allergy, an infection, or tears in the anus from constipation.

Diarrhea which can be a sign of an allergy or infection.

Mucus in poop can result from excessive drooling or may be a sign of an allergy or infection.

Hard, pebble-like stool is an indicator of constipation, which can result from a starting of solid foods or a sensitivity to something in their formula or breast milk.

White or gray stool can be an indicator of blocked bile ducts due to liver disease.

If you come across any of the following, a visit to the pediatrician right away is recommended. Over a period of time, you will become familiar with your baby’s bowel habits and know what sights and smells are normal and which aren’t.