In the first 48 hours a baby will produce only two to three wet nappies. This increases to at least six per day once the baby is five days old. Colostrum acts as a natural laxative, helping baby to pass the black, tar-like meconium stool (baby’s first poo) which will gradually change in colour – passing through a spectrum of black, dark brown, greenish brown to mustard yellow by day five.
Although breastfeeding is natural, it’s a skill that both mother and baby can take time to learn. If you have any questions or concerns, your midwife and local breastfeeding advisor will be around to help.