Breastfeeding and Constipation My Baby is Constipated!
Do breastfed babies get constipated?
It’s not common for a breastfed baby to have constipation. Most of
the time, the constipation in a breastfed baby is caused by the introduction of solid foods.
Some mothers might think their babies have constipation when their babies make weird grunting noises or pull straining faces, but this is normal. All babies sometimes experience a bit of difficulty getting the stool along through their intestines, even when the stool is runny.
For a detailed explanation on infant stools and different color and texture stools in the breastfed infant…
Visit our infant stools page. Breastfeeding and Constipation ~ Stool Frequency
So, how often should your baby have a bowel movement? A baby might only wet one or two diapers in the first 3 to 4 days of life. This is until the mother’s milk starts coming in. After a mother's milk comes in, the baby will start to produce quite a few dirty nappies, and many urine nappies. Newborn babies under 6 weeks
old should be producing quite a few poo nappies daily. If you think your
newborn might be constipated, it's best to go straight to your doctor. Frequency of stools after six weeks change again , when
breastfed babies produce very few bowel movements (sometimes only one every
eight days). This is because breast milk is digested far more easily than formula.
After six weeks, if your baby is still putting out a few urine nappies
every day, seems happy most of the time, has soft stools when he/she does
have a stool, and is gaining weight, you don’t need to worry about
Breastfeeding and Constipation ~
The Causes and Signs
Causes of infant constipation in the breastfed baby
Changes in your baby’s diet (adding formula, other liquids or solid foods). Read more about starting solids here .
Illness: Contact your paediatrician if your breastfed baby has very hard stools and has not begun eating solids. Signs of baby constipation
A constipated baby will have dry, hard stools.
Constipated babies sometimes have streaks of blood in their stools.
A baby with constipation may start vomiting.
The baby cries when straining to have a bowel movement.
Pain in the belly area.
Stools look like little pellets.
Foods that may cause constipation in a baby
Banana and apple sauce.
Carrots and squash.
Breastfeeding and Constipation Remedies What can I do if my Baby is Definitely Constipated?
Breastfeed your baby more frequently; breast milk is a natural laxative.
If your baby is older than 4 months, you can give him/her small amounts of pear, peach, plum, peas, prunes and/or apricot.
A well know baby constipation remedy is apple juice; it can be given
twice a day to soften the stools. Juices should only be given to babies
that are older than 4 months.
You can put your baby in a bath of warm water during the times that he/she is straining to pass the stools. This will help your baby relax.
Tummy massage can be used to help the stool to pass easily.
Read more about baby massage here.
Move your baby’s legs in circular motions. This is especially helpful in constipated infants.
If the above things do not work, you can mix ½ tsp of unprocessed
bran with your baby’s food, twice per day (for babies older than 4 months).
Put 1 tsp of corn syrup in 2oz of water. This is an effective baby
laxative, but should be used only if your baby is very constipated, and only
after trying the above methods first.
If you find that the stool is sticking out and hurting your baby, you smear some petroleum jelly (Vaseline) around and a little on the inside of
the anus, to help the feces glide out easily.
If your baby has repeated episodes of constipation, you should see your paediatrician. Baby Massage for Relieving Constipation
Safe essential oils for baby massage
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Site , Tracy Behr. Currently studying through Child birth International (CBC, CBD). Also an accomplished author and Mommy of two. by BFeeding Mamma