3 week old hasn't has bowel movement

by Kayla Hoffman
(Lander, wyoming)

My 3 week old breastfed baby hasn't had a bm in 8 days. He acts miserable and cries when passing gas. I took him to the er the other day and they said to give him .5 ounces of prune juice. It's been 3 days since the juice and still nothing. He only feeds for about 5-10 minutes every two hours then acts bored with it. Is he not getting enough?

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Oct 10, 2013
by: Lyssa

It is not uncommon for an exclusivly breastfed baby to only have a bowel movement every 7-10 days. If your baby seems uncomfortable, you can help him by rubbing slow, counter clokwise corcles low on his belly. You can also "bicycle" his legs (move his legs as if he was riding a bike) to help encourage everything to move down. Sitting him up nay also make it easier for him to go-it isn't easy while lying flat!

If baby has 3-6 wet diapers a day, seems content at the end of a feeding, and shows a steady growth , I wouldn't worry about how long or how often baby feeds. How long or often a baby feeds is not an indicator of how much a baby is getting, and neither is the amount or frequency of a bowel movement. Wet diapers is a better indication that baby is getting enough and is properly hydrated.

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