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Breast Feeding

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10/03/2006

Question:

Should a breast feed baby stools have any black in them. The mother niples have been bleeding.

Answer:

Black stools are normal only for the first day or so, and are called “meconium”.

If the mother’s nipples are bleeding, this is probably denatured blood in the stools.

The baby will probably spit it up eventually, as blood in large amounts will upset the baby’s stomach.

It is very important that the mother allow her nipples to heal by pumping gently and bottle feeding her milk for a few days.

She should see a lactation consultant to help her find out why the baby caused her nipple damage.

Sometimes bleeding nipples get infected and need to be treated topically with antibacterial cream.

The best one is Bactroban which is a prescription, and can be had through a physician, mid-wife, or nurse practitioner.

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Response by:

Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM Jeanne L Ballard, MD, FAAP, FABM
Professor Emeritus, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati