Constipation - help! 12 days old and poops only once every 36 hrs.

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Julie - posted on 12/04/2008

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Thank you for the responses, we are on formula and yesterday she has now not only pooped but is super pooping - its soft and yellow but 3 diapers per setting.

Ashleigh - posted on 12/03/2008

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That's normal, so don't worry! My son was just like that...he didn't poo for 7 days when he was first born, and was pretty much like that until he was about 2 months old! Are you breastfeeding? If so it's normal. Also, try bending the baby's knees into his/her tummy, and push gently...that really helped my little guy out alot!

Bethany - posted on 12/03/2008

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I heard that iron in formula can make them constipated. If not on formula I am no help - my boy pooped all the time, now he is 1x/every 3 days or so, since he started eating cereal.

Gillian - posted on 12/03/2008

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Yes, it is so true. Breastfed babies can go days without poop. Mine would go once every two weeks.

Lois - posted on 12/03/2008

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If you're breastfeeding it is completely normal for a baby to only poop every 7 days, I'm sure about formula fed babies though. If you're really concerned I would ask baby's doctor.

Kerian - posted on 12/03/2008

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hi babies can go days without a bm. as long as the poop is soft and not pellet like its normal!

Alyssa - posted on 12/03/2008

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Hi Julie! I wouldn't worry. Mine went three days without pooping several times her first few weeks because of formula/breastmilk issues. I finally gave her a suppository because she was straining so hard. I also gave her prune juice (up to 3 teaspoons) once a day or so in a bottle, per her doctor. I was way more worried about it than her doctor was. :) Hope this helps.

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