stooling problems

My daughter is 4 month old, she has not pood for 10 days now, what do i do?

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Apr 01, 2014
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no bowel movement
by: Tammy

Is your baby breastfed exclusively?

At about 6 weeks, an exclusively breastfed baby's stool can change in frequency. Some breastfed babies, only have a stool every 8 or 10 days. This is because breast milk is absorbed so much easier than formula. If your baby seems happy, and has soft bowel movements, when they do happen, there is not reason to stress.

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stool frequency

by nirav
(anand,gujarat,india)

What is the ideal or normal frequency for stool for a baby 2-6 months old ?

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Nov 15, 2013
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Baby poop
by: Lyssa

Any bowel momement between once a week (or even once every ten days for a fully breastfed baby) to as often as after every feeding is considered "regular". Some babies poop frequently, others not as often. As long as baby doesn't seem uncomfortable ir straining, the poop is not frothy, or the poop seems to be overly hard or watery...I wouldn't worry.

If you are concerne about your baby's bowel movements, you should contact your baby's doctor.

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constipation- breastfed/ formula fed

by Mac
(USA Kansas)

My daughter is 18 days old and she was on formula from the hospital until my milk came in. we recently decided to keep her on formula for two feedings a day so that I can continue to pump and save some breast milk for when I return to work.

(She drinks3-4 oz each feeding and im only making about that much each pump session)
Recently, she went ~24 hours with no bowel movement- was fussy and cried for hours.

She would look as if she were straining to produce a bm but nothing came of it. After giving her breast milk all day she passed a LARGE stool and was MUCH happier.

Can we try adding the formula back but switch from sensitivity to the one made specifically for supplementation?

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Feb 17, 2015
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donor milk
by: Tracy

Hi

Have you considered donor breast milk? The milk is screened and safe, it will prevent the constipation.

My first child had the same issues with all the formulas that we tried. Back then I tried to breastfeed for a few months, but gave up. I didn't know then that I had the donor milk option.

If donor breast milk is not available, another option would be to breastfeed your baby at the breast as much as possible, and eat a lot of lactogenic foods. Maybe even consider Domperidone? Its a safe medication that really works. I used this with my second child and breastfed her until the age of two.

Also, don't know if you know this but a breast pump is unable to stimulate your breasts as much as a baby at the breast and this can cause your supply to decrease. If yu have to pump, its best to use a double, hospital grade electric pump.

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anti constipation foods

by fav
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How to solve this problem

The mother should eat anti constipation foods like fruits. Through the breast milk it shall help deconjest the baby's system

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Apr 04, 2014
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anti constipation foods
by: Anonymous

Try foods that contain high fiber:
apricots, prunes, peaches, plums, pears, peas, spinach.

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Constipated breastfed baby

I want to ask if is normal for an Exclusive breast feeding baby to have to pass stool once a week or once a week and a half?

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Mar 25, 2013
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Constipated newborn? Is the stool hard?
by: Tracy

if the stool is hard, then it is constipation, but it is normal for a breastfed baby to have a soft stool once every 8 - 10 days.

Read more here on normal breastfed baby stool...
Stools in the breastfed baby

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2 months old but hardly poops

by DaD

Hi, Since my LO was born she hardly poops, some times more than a week without pooping, she is 2 months now and her poop becomes hard sometimes. She is EBF...worried mum

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Stools in breastfed babies
by: Tracy

Hi, its totally normal for an EBF baby to have one bowel movement every 7 days or the complete opposite of 7 stools every day. It really depends on the individual baby. Breast milk is absorbed easily and, therefore, it is not necessary for your baby to have a bowel movement every day.

When you say that the stool becomes hard sometimes, do you mean that it is firm or is it really hard? If the stools are difficult for your baby to pass and is causing bleeding, I would suggest that you breastfeed more often.
Breast milk is like a natural laxative. Maybe all your baby needs are a few extra feedings in between.

Tummy massage is also great at getting things moving. Read more about
tummy massage here.

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