It had to happen one day.
Sniffing the air, I smelt an all too familiar whiff.
The whiff of poo.
‘But hang on’ I hear you cry. ‘Little B is ten months old. Hundreds of poo filled nappies have come your way in that time!’
And it’s true, they have. But the poos of those nappies, well, they were much sweeter. More mustardy. More yellow.
They had their messy moments, and their 10’s on the poo scale.
But…poo as we know it has changed. Little B has changed, and gone from drinking just breastmilk and chewing on a bit of food here and there, to full on stuffing her face with every bit of food she can find.
And so the poo has changed too.
Goodbye sweet poo.
These are words I never thought I’d hear myself say…
But I miss you.
(And if you want to know why there is a difference, well, it’s because breast milk contains tiny sugars. Those tiny sugars attract any leftover iron in your baby’s body, once they’ve used what they need; and the iron particles, attached to the sugars, are all flushed out of the body as part of the poo.
There’s a good reason for that – iron left unused is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria, and when bacteria breeds you end up with a poorly tummy.
So if you’ve ever wondered why breastfed babies are less likely to suffer from gastroenteritis, that’s one of the reasons! Clever, eh?
And on top of that cleverness, as an aside, it makes the poo smell sweeter too.
Sweet poo, and less risk of a poonami – that all sounds great to me!)