For the parents out there: Moms who are eating a paleo diet and breastfeeding for their baby's nutrition, how is your child's poop?
By that I mean, often babies get a lot of diarrhea and are known to be poop machines on modern baby diets. Modern babies eat baby food, or the mother who supplies breast milk eats a poor diet, or they have formula (yuk!). This question is also for the parents of babies who are a little older and are eating mashed up paleo foods like sweet potato, banana, etc.
I wasn't eating paleo when I was breastfeeding either of my children as young babies. I'm still breastfeeding my second at 14 months and I breastfed my eldest until he was three.
I don't think it's the mother's diet so much as the baby's diet that makes the difference in terms of poo. The biggest factor is whether the baby is exclusively breastfed - breast milk is the perfect food for babies, and easily digested. As long as the child doesn't have food allergies (which it may be getting exposure to through breast milk), there shouldn't be problems with poo while exclusively breastfed. It's normal for young baby poo not to be solid, but that's difference from diarrhoea.
Neither of my boys have ever had any problems with constipation, but both had a diet that was almost exclusively breast milk until 12 months. Babies seem to have trouble once they start getting rice cereal shovelled down their throats or fed formula. I should add that neither of my children had solid poos until they were over 12 months, but this was directly related to their high-liquid diet!
Well, a breastfeeding baby will have soft stools but once you start to add in food (or even formula), you will see some firmer stools. Diarrhea is not common for babies. If a food is bothering baby's tummy, stop giving it and reintroduce in a couple of months.
And while I say diarrhea is not common, a breastfeeding baby just isn't going to have firm stools while getting most of it's nutrition from breast milk. And as baby's tummy matures, baby will poop less often.
When breastfeeding baby poo is mustard yellow and has actual curds in it (curd turds!). This is not diarrhea, it is totally normal and plentiful.
A more grown up poo poo comes along with solids.
My kids never had any issues with this, but many of my friends who did not breastfeed has babies with reflux problems, no so much pooping issues. I am lucky that bfing worked for me, but it doesn't for every one. If I HAD to use "formula" I would use the recipe in Nourishing Traditions.
I think if you avoid the non Paleo stuff esp. gluten and legumes (SOY!) then diarrhea should not be an issue.
Ahh, baby poop! An ever popular question among parents! lol Sadly I am past the buttered popcorn smelling mustard colored poops! My boys have firmed up, now that he receives much of his nutrition from solid foods. It is a great indicator of health in you wee ones, but just being plentiful and loose, generally doesn't indicate a problem. My breastfed babies poop was much looser than an formula fed babies poop. Nowadays, I am likely to find full bits of banana or strawberries.. or pickles, or well anything really Even a penny once! Now tell e that's not a lucky penny!