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Breast Feeding

Mucus in stools

01/18/2006

Question:

My baby is 3 months old and exclusively breastfed. His stools have a lot of mucus in them and at times he is fussy, sometimes screaming for ano hour or more. I have eliminated all dairy, soy and wheat from my diet and his stools still have mucus in them. At times he refuses to nurse or only takes a few sips. Than he is hungry in an hour. At night he nurses about every 1-2 hours although last night he screamed every hour and refused to nurse until 6am. My nipples are sore and I am exhausted.

Answer:

Visible mucus in the stool of an infant is not a normal finding. This is something that you should discuss with your child's health care provider.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati