1 Month old NOT pooping.

Tara - posted on 01/05/2011 ( 51 moms have responded )

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So I'm nursing my 1 month old daughter and normally she goes poop every time I change her diaper...but last night at 7:00pm was her last poop and I don't know if I should be worried? I don't know if with her being so little if there is only a certain amount of time she's suppose to go without before I have to call the doctor. Has anyone had this happen?

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Natalie - posted on 01/13/2011

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It is perfectly normal for exclusively breastfed babies (after the first month and before the 7th month) to last up to 7 days without pooping!!!! but be prepared, when she poops after all those days it might be messy.
You don't need to call the doctor or give her anything to make her go (water, tea, suppositories, prune juice, please don't give her anything!!).
Her bowels are just learning how to work and your milk is perfect. Be patient!!!

Tiffany - posted on 01/18/2011

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Though I am sure someone has said this already, but nursed babies dont need to poop everyday, infact they can go as long as 5 or 6 days. it just means that your little one is using all the nutrients you are giving her and therefore has nothing to get rid of. Both of my boys were the same, but if your 1 month old is not pooping for more then 5 or 6 days, I would take her in to see a doctor

Gayle - posted on 01/14/2011

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My daughter would go like every 10 days or so. I was worried about it, too. My ped told me that as long as she pooped within 21 days, there was nopthing to worry about! Once i started solid baby food at 5 months, she has started to poop almost every day if not many times a day.... LOL Good luck and don't worry about your 1 month old not pooping!

Courtney - posted on 01/19/2011

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After that newborn period of pooping every feed my daughter then switched to pooping once a week. Normal behaviour for a breastfeed baby :)

Liz - posted on 01/05/2011

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I remember it being about 5 weeks when my daughter started pooping once a day, then once every 3 days. My doctor said remember the rule of 7s. 7 times a day or once every 7 days or anything in between. As long as she is wetting normally, I would not worry. Breast milk is very efficient and there is not much waste.

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Ambur - posted on 11/19/2013

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My son pooped 1 to 2 times a week at that age. Now that he's on solids he poops once a day most days. It's totally normal for a breastfeeder.

Candace - posted on 11/18/2013

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my one month did not poop since lastnight , he is breast fed ..... i was a bit worried but from reading u ladies comments i feel much better..... but he is having gripe my poor baby , im giving him these drops called Ovol , there working pretty well

Lauren - posted on 01/18/2011

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I wouldn't worry too much about your 1 month old not pooping, sometimes they go through a poop protest and wont poop for a couple days, but if it last more than a week or two then take her to the doctor.

Jacqueline - posted on 01/17/2011

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my son poops 4 times a month sometimes less. My sons doctorsays it is fine. He is only breast fed. Breast fed babies absorb more and sometimes everything, formula babies haves to poo more because there is stuff in the formula they don't need. my sons rarely poos and is 97% in height and weight! :)

Stefanie - posted on 01/16/2011

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Wow! Thank you, mommies, for this great info! My son has started to go every 3 days or so and I was getting concerned. He is 3 1/2 months old and exclusively breastfed. It makes sense that they use every bit of the breast milk so that there is little to no waste, especially with a chunky monkey like mine (3 1/2 months at 18 pounds)! It does prove that every child is unique, though, because he is my 5th and I don't remember my other children going so long in between poops. You learn something everyday! Thanks OP for asking this question! :D

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My son use to go every feeding as well, but has slowed down a lot. He turned 4 months when is slowed down. They say a breastfed baby can go up to 7 or 10 days without going and it's fine. As long as you hear farting and what not, then everything is working fine. I'd probably check with a nurse or dr if it goes on too long. I'm still waiting right now, it's day 5 so anytime I'm thinking.

Breann - posted on 01/13/2011

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I'm so glad I found this thread! My first son (now 2 & 1/2) pooped several times a day (still does) - he never received formula. My baby (3 months old and only receives breast milk) only poops every 2-3 days. I had been told that BF babies pooped more frequently than formula fed babies and was worried that he wasn't going often enough. He is happy and growing... that is all that matters.

Rachel - posted on 01/13/2011

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I had this problem... all I had to do was eat 5 prunes a day! Now she goes every day no problem :)

Holly - posted on 01/13/2011

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we are made of water? Ask a doctor but I have had lots tell me water is okay and I can't see why it wouldnt .

Jessica - posted on 01/12/2011

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my son is 3 months old and he used to poop that much too and then it just stopped. i went to his dr and they said that 1 poop every 7 days is fine and that they can go that long.

Layla - posted on 01/12/2011

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Both my boys did this when they were purely breastfed, when they were very young it just means they are taking all the goodness from your milk and there is NO waste left! I wouldn't worry about your one month old not pooping. I did but I found my friend (who was breastfeeding twins at the time) more helpful than a health visitor by telling me this. Hope this helps, and carry on the good work. :-)

Bethany - posted on 01/12/2011

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Exclusively BF babies poop less than formula fed babies bc their bodies use up all of the milk. I wouldnt be worried but if it goes on for a few days i would talk to ur pediatrician. My son did this alot. Good luck!

Diane - posted on 01/12/2011

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If you're nursing then there is no need to worry even if she only goes once a week. There is a wide range of normal for breastfeeding babies and it's all okay. The only time you would want to worry is if she was on formula or solids or if she seemed ill or in pain, if that's not the case then she's probably fine. When she does finally poop though it will likely be much bigger so watch out! :)

Elisha - posted on 01/11/2011

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My mother in law is a midwife and she said breast fed babys can not poo for up to 10 days and it's perfectly normal . :)

Mary - posted on 01/11/2011

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Breastfed babies can wait up to 10-14 days without having a poopy diaper and still be perfectly ok. If she is not showing signs of discomfort then there is no reason to try to make her go. Around 4-6 wks there is a growth spurt which would cause more milk to be used efficiently, leaving little waste, with no waste there can not be poop.

Jacquie - posted on 01/11/2011

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You don't need to be worried about your 1 month old not pooping. I was nursing my daughter and sometimes she went 5 days without pooping. I talked to my dr about it and he said that is very normal for a bf baby not to poop everyday and they can go upto 10 days without a bowel movement. The baby doesn't get a lot of waste when you are bf-ing so they don't have a lot to get rid of, everything gets used as nutrients.

Melissa - posted on 01/11/2011

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I have had this happen with both my sons. My oldest is 3, breastfeed for 15months and my youngest is almost 15months, still breast feed. Both of them before they were on solid food went for 9 days without pooping. Monitor your diapers and make sure you are still getting 5-8 wet diapers a day, whatever has been the normal for your baby. As long as you are still getting wet diapers it is not a case of dehydration. With both my boys after 7 days I checked in with my family doctor to be on the safe side. If you notice she is constantly uncomfortable of a lot more fussy than normal you may want to check in with your doctor sooner.

Jo - posted on 01/10/2011

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After the newborn phase was over, my son only pooped once a week. The doc told me this was normal because he is breast fed and breast milk has so much goodness there is hardly any waste. I wouldn't worry.

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Oh I will mention that the reason is because breast milk is so high digestible that there are no byproducts from it. Proving once again it really is the best thing you can feed your baby!

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I'm sure someone has mentioned this already but it is perfectly normal for a breastfed baby to not poop (up to 30 days). From the time she was one month old until she was about 6 months (and introduced to solids) my daughter only pooped once every 7 or 8 days.

Sammie - posted on 01/10/2011

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EBF babies can go over 2weeks without pooping and its fine. They dont need juice or water. Actually her baby is only 1 month old and shouldnt have juice or water.

Halie - posted on 01/10/2011

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if she doesnt go the rest of the day you should get some prune juice. I get the little gerber juices and its is prune apple and it is supposed to work. but you dont wanna give her a whole lot since shes just a little baby. you can give her an ounce of prune juice or water is supposed to help to. but if that doesnt help then maybe you should call a doctor cause she could be constipated or there may be some other problem

Donna - posted on 01/10/2011

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its normal, my son only poops every 2-4 days, and my daughter was the same way, unless she seems to be straining to go and really uncomfortable it will work out itself out, if my son gose longer than 4 days he gets very upset and will strain and at that point we give him a suppository, but that is a rare occurance!

Lydia - posted on 01/10/2011

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this is total normal. breastfed babies can go 10 tens without pooping. breastmilk is easily digested and the perfect nutrition, so sometimes it is digested so well that there is simply no waste... this is not considered constipation - it is normal!
you should not give water or prune juice until 6 months. it can be dangerous and cause all kinds of trouble.

Carla - posted on 01/10/2011

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all perfectly normal, my little girl would only go 'number 2' every 2 - 3 weeks and I was most distraught about it and spent a lot of time and money at paediatricians and clinics trying to identify if there was a problem, and there was none. once she went on to solids it righted itself and she is now very regular. unless your little one seems to be in pain or uncomfortable don't stress! good luck.

Rhianna - posted on 01/09/2011

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Yep, I've heard BF babies can poop only once a week and be totally normal. My lactation consultant said its normal for babies to poop less often as they bigger because their digestive systems are more developed and bigger as well so it takes everything a little longer to work its way through. If she seems uncomfortable try laying her on her back and moving her legs in a bicycle motion. A warm bath can also help bring out the poop, but be prepared! Once my son was about that age he started only going every other day or so, but now they are all massive, explosive, need to change all the clothing type of poops. BF babies should never be constipated, you'll know it if her poop is more solid like dough than liquidy like mustard or cottage cheese.

Stephanie - posted on 01/09/2011

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They can NOT tolerate anything but breastmilk in their tummies. Karo, prune juice and even water and NOT a good idea. They can upset their gut, start a rampant of allergies and disrupt breastfeeding. Their little bodies just aren't made for anything else. Breastmilk is the best thing and again it is normal. Good luck

Heather - posted on 01/09/2011

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It's normal. I think if they go past like 3 days you should look into mixing prune juice and water and feeding it and then that should relase the floodgates

Teri - posted on 01/09/2011

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I'd wait through the day and see if it resolves. . some babies are very efficient about processing bm and won't poop every time after a while. you will get to 2 or 3 times a day.

Abbie - posted on 01/08/2011

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It's totally normal for breastfed babies to go to 10 days w/o pooping. Especially during growth spurts! This is due to the fact that breast milk is used SO efficiently by the body that there is very little waste left to poop out.

Donna - posted on 01/08/2011

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Its very normal. My totally BF daughter started solids very late (by her own choosing refusing food till well after 1 - she has allergies) & the longest she went between poops was 17 days! She was using it all for energy & growth (not eating food) that she had so little waste to poop. I was concerned by then, but when she did go it was no problem, she wasn't constipated. She usually went every 10 days. Its pretty unusual for a BF baby to get constipated.

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Ugh! I was so confused when I first started nursing. I was told that my baby might poop after every feeding... but that's not always the case. A formula fed baby needs to poop every day, but a breastfed baby does not!

My baby pooped every day til about a month old then she started to go a couple days in between poops. It's normal and as long as she doesn't seem like she's in pain and the poop isn't hard, she's fine. I went to my doctor when she wasn't pooping as often and that's what she told me.

Amanda - posted on 01/08/2011

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as previous moms said, its very normal for a breastfed baby to go multiple days between bms- if you feel like she is uncomfortable and the massage isnt working, in a tiny baby, 1 ounce of water can sometimes cause enough of a shift to help them poop.

Bernadette - posted on 01/08/2011

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breast fed babies can go up to 10 days without doing a poo at all, and this is completely normal. Only if it's a bottle fed baby should you be too worried about going several days without poos, because they can get constipated whereas a breastfed baby shouldn't.

Marsha - posted on 01/08/2011

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Totally normal. Like one post mentioned, babies use all of the breastmilk, so sometimes they have no waste products to get rid of for a while. :)

Robyn - posted on 01/08/2011

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At around one month my son started going from every diaper to once a day. It's been once a day ever since. It's not how often they go, it's the consistency of it when they do. It shouldn't be too hard, or be small pellets. If it's not, then I wouldn't be concerned.

Sammie - posted on 01/08/2011

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Unless she seems to be in pain or uncomfortable, its normal for a breastfed baby to go as long 2weeks without pooping.
I wouldnt worry.

Elicia - posted on 01/08/2011

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Yep, totally normal. Breast milk is full of nutrients that the baby needs so they use them all up, leaving little to no waste, just the urine. The longest my little girl went without a B.M was 14 days. And it only happened once. It was so great though, because she would only go Tues around 10am...I knew what to expect. And thinking back now if she wasn't a new born I probably could've potty trained her, lol, just joking...because it was on time every week!

Lauren - posted on 01/08/2011

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I would not use any food-based remedies for pooping in a child that young. Karo syrup is not for tiny babies. OP, this is totally normal and you'll find her pooping changes as she gets bigger. It's very rare for breastfed babies to get constipated. Just expect a big blowout when it does happen!!

Emily - posted on 01/05/2011

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My daughter used to routinely go 2 weeks without pooping. My son, also breastfed, was the exact opposite. Breastmilk poop is unpredictable.. but all normal :) No worries.

Megan - posted on 01/05/2011

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both my kids went once a week but if it gets to where they look like they need to go u can bicycle there legs and gently push up with them towards there tummy if that dont work a lil karo syrup and water

Celeste - posted on 01/05/2011

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I agree with the others. My kids would go between 3 and 5 days before they pooped.

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It's perfectly normal for breastfed babies to go as long as 10 days between poos. Or as often as every nappy!

Victoria - posted on 01/05/2011

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my son used to only poop once a week when he was younger. they say its normal. i wouldnt worry.

Jodi - posted on 01/05/2011

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I EBF'd my daughter until 7 months and she only pooped every 3rd or 4th day until we started solids. My pediatrician told me not to be concerned because breastfed babies use every ounce of breastmilk, leaving little in waste.

If she seems uncomfortable or extra fussy, you could try the I love You massage here's a link to see it:

Lauren - posted on 01/18/2011

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I wouldn't worry too much about your 1 month old not pooping, sometimes they go through a poop protest and wont poop for a couple days, but if it last more than a week or two then take her to the doctor.

Breann - posted on 01/13/2011

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I'm so glad I found this thread! My first son (now 2 & 1/2) pooped several times a day (still does) - he never received formula. My baby (3 months old and only receives breast milk) only poops every 2-3 days. I had been told that BF babies pooped more frequently than formula fed babies and was worried that he wasn't going often enough. He is happy and growing... that is all that matters.

Layla - posted on 01/12/2011

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Both my boys did this when they were purely breastfed, when they were very young it just means they are taking all the goodness from your milk and there is NO waste left! I wouldn't worry about your one month old not pooping. I did but I found my friend (who was breastfeeding twins at the time) more helpful than a health visitor by telling me this. Hope this helps, and carry on the good work. :-)

Jacquie - posted on 01/11/2011

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You don't need to be worried about your 1 month old not pooping. I was nursing my daughter and sometimes she went 5 days without pooping. I talked to my dr about it and he said that is very normal for a bf baby not to poop everyday and they can go upto 10 days without a bowel movement. The baby doesn't get a lot of waste when you are bf-ing so they don't have a lot to get rid of, everything gets used as nutrients.

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