Real Life Breastfeeding Stories

Uric Acid Crystals

Uric acid crystals or “red brick dust” was mistaken for dirty diapers.

This happened only once in 17+ years but that was enough!  During a routine follow-up call, when the mother was asked if baby was having any dirty diapers, she replied yes.  She was seeing 6 dirty diapers per day.  Baby was eating 8 or more times in 24 hours and no concerns for the mom with feeding.  Unfortunately, when the baby went in for its first weight check it was dehydrated and what the mother had seen was “red brick dust” or uric acid crystals in the diaper versus a normal stool/bowel movement in the diaper.  A serious situation for any newborn.  Things worked out for this little person, but a hard reminder, not every potential concern can be detected when your healthcare provider can’t “see” what your are talking about.

A normal breastfed baby stool in the first few days after birth is greenish/black and sticky–called meconium.  It transitions to usually yellow/mustardy, sometimes yellow-green, or tan color. (1)  If you aren’t sure if what you’re seeing in your baby’s diaper is normal, check with your healthcare provider.  Your mother radar works and someone should be able to answer your concerns to your satisfaction.

  1. Mohrbacher, N, Stock, J, La Leche League International The Breastfeeding Answer Book, 3rd revised edition, Schaumburg, IL, La Leche League International, Jan 2003, p 328.