baby not pooing much and passing wind alot...

Julia - posted on 05/14/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my baby is four months old and until the last couple of weeks i never had a problem with his digestion. his feeding patterns have remained the same although he only poos about every 4-5 days but constantly passing wind. my health visiter said it was normal for breastfed babies to not poo alot but this was never normal for him before. the only thing i can think of that has changed with my diet is fizzy drinks (paricuarly ginger beer :s ) they are free at office i clean in the evenings, and so very tempting! could this be the cause?



he doesnt seem in any discomfort but as a first time mum i am concerned. advice appreciated x x

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Angela - posted on 05/14/2009

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Don't stress...completely normal for a breastfed baby. As long as your son is his normal, happy, healthy self, i wouldn't worry. He's at the age where he soon will be introduced to solids...this will regulate him and you will be back to changing lots of pooey nappies during the day. Just drink lots of water to keep yourself and him hydrated while breastfeeding xoxo

Veronica - posted on 09/05/2010

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Wow 10 days really? Now I feel bad I called a nurse after the 6th non poop day. I'm glad I not the only one who is going through this.

Sarah - posted on 05/14/2009

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It's totally normal for a breastfed baby to go anywhere from 3-7 days without a bm. As long as he's going, he is fine. He will start to poop more when you begin solid foods. My son was every day several times a day from birth to 6 weeks, then all of a sudden 4-5 days apart. When we began solids at 6 months he again poops every day.

RaeAnne - posted on 05/14/2009

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My daughter did the same thing at that age. just make sure you are eating enough fiber and drinking enough water. If you are worried or he doesnt poo for about 6-7 days you can give him baby suppositories. I had to do this twice, she hated it so now i just tell her you need to poo or else and by the end of the day she does. when you start feeding solids it does get better.

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Lisa - posted on 09/04/2010

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i have breastfeed all my 4 older children and i am doing the same with my 4 month old daughter and they have all gone longer without a bm

Mary - posted on 05/17/2009

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It is perfectly normal, my son did that, I almost gave him an enama, but then I was told it is perfectly normal. Don't worry new mommy!

Katie - posted on 05/16/2009

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My 3 month old is starting to do that to, only a bm about every other day, but I read that it's perfectly normal. I googled it and some of the information I found said that BF babies don't have as much waste as formula fed babies so they just don't poop as much.

April - posted on 05/16/2009

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When I first brought my exclusively breastfed son home he pooed all the time-- nearly every nappy was accompanied by poo. Then by the time he was 3 months old, it was every other nappy, then by about 4 months old, it was up to 7-9 days before I got a poo from him. It worried me too, but it is completely and totally normal-- I promise you.

The wind in the mean time is normal too-- as long as baby is happy, and thriving, do not worry a second about this-- take it as reward for breastfeeding over using formula!

Hope this helps! ~April

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Yeah, this is normal. My youngest is/was very gassy, and only produces a dirty diaper every 3ish days. I have no idea whether this is connected to me in any way. I had my tubes tied and after the surgery was very gassy myself, so who knows. If he is not in any discomfort than don't worry...and as Lisa noted, be prepared for a potential blow-out diaper. : )

Lisa - posted on 05/15/2009

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This came as a surprise to me - but BF babies can go up to 10 days without having a poo and it's completely normal! I'd never use suppositories on a baby, but that's just me.

Oh, and be prepared for a blow out nappy LOL

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