Newborn Constipation

On this page, we have a few comments by other mothers in connection with constipation in newborn babies. The comments are an amalgamation of babies that are formula fed, combination fed and exclusively breastfed. So, please read carefully.

Below the comments, are some helpful links, in which you can find more tips and advice about any newborn bowel movement concern.

Constipated Baby

by Heather

I have a 6weeks old premature baby boy. He is on formula and iron because I'm not producing enough milk.

I realize that he has a problem passing his stool on his own, so I assist by giving massage and using the qtip. I'm concerned. Give advice as what I can do other than what I am doing.


Oct 16, 2011
Constipation and formula
by Tracy


Many times moms have found that if they change the type of formula they give their babies...constipation goes away.

Why do you say your milk supply is low?


Is it Constipation or Not

by Richman
(Kumasi, Ghana)

My 6 weeks baby has not poopooed for 3 days


Constipated Newborn
By Tracy

Hi, Richman. Is your baby breastfed? A breastfed baby can go up to 10 days without having a bowel movement.


Tummy becomes Very Hard

by Mrs. Amir

I have a baby girl.

Her age is just 12 days. She is having gas problems.

When the problem starts, her color became red, then black and yellow. And her tummy becomes very hard, what can I do?


How do I treat my baby...?
By Anonymous

Hi Amir

What consistency are her stools?
Baby massage is a great way to relieve gassiness.

Wearing your baby in a sling can also help reduce gas symptoms.


Baby Poop Emergency?

Newborn Constipation Poop

By Anonymous

My baby is a week old, and her poop is hard, and she has had 2 of these today! She is formula fed, is this normal? Or should I panic?


Jan 13, 2012
Newborn constipation
by Tracy


Have you thought of changing the formula? How was baby's poop before this? How often does baby have a bowel movement? Does it look like your baby is in pain?

Average frequency is between 1 and 5 poops per day...this is for a formula fed baby for the first couple of weeks. The poo should be soft.

If the baby is in pain or poops less than once per day, you need to see your pediatrician. (this advice is only for newborn formula fed babies)


Worried about my Baby's Poop

by Rachel

My baby is 4 days old and is breastfed. She is in the low levels of jaundice, and our doctor said stick to just breastfeeding.

She's been feeding frequently daily and has wet diapers, but she hasn't had a bowel movement in over 24 hours, but less than 48.

I'm anxious. My baby is gassy and seems to try to poop, but cries and fusses a lot. Is there anything I can do to help her? And when should I be really worried about her poop, if she doesn't go still?


By Tracy

Hi Rachel, I would suggest that you breastfeed as much as possible. Let your baby comfort feed during the day as well. Breast milk is a natural laxative and will help clear jaundice as well. Have your doctor keep an eye on baby’s weight gain and count of wet nappies.

Babywearing can help reduce gas symptoms and will comfort baby. You can keep your baby in a sling during the day, with as much skin to skin contact; this will also increase the time baby spends at the breast.


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