Breastfed baby not pooping

Melissa - posted on 03/08/2010 ( 81 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old is 14 lbs, she has been exclusively breastfed and is not pooping as of recently. She is only having a bowel movement every week, week and a half. The pediatrician is telling me that she is absorbing all of the breast milk because she is growing, but how can a baby go from 10 dirty diapers a day to nothing! I don't know what to do she seems to be getting more uncomfortable by the day. This has been going on for almost 2 months and the doctors are just ignoring it, I really don't think this is something to ignore. Does anyone have any suggestions? Or have the same problem of a breastfed baby not pooping?

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Nicole - posted on 03/15/2010

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when my little girl was the same age she did the same she would go 8 days without a a bowel movement i would get very stressed thinking something was wrong but i was told by my doctor that exclusively breastfed babys not pooping for up to 12 days is normal and as long as they are passing wind its ok because that means there isnt a blockage.

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It's perfectly normal to have a breastfed baby not pooping as often as usual. It happens at about 3 months. Don't worry her body is bigger and more efficient that's all. So long as she is happy, healthy and not losing weight you are doing a perfect job. Breast fed babies can easily go a week or more without a bowel movement and because she is breast fed she won't get constipated. I definitely wouldn't interfere in the natural function of her body it is doing exactly what it is meant to be doing. Just relax and enjoy because as soon as she gets into eating solids things will not be quite so cruisey.

Sarah - posted on 03/15/2010

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We are in the same boat. My little girl is about 4 months old, strictly breast fed, and since she was near a month old we usually only get poopy diapers every 7-10 days. Like you said, they seem to be getting really uncomfortable during that end period. What my husband and I usually do is work her legs toward her stomach and rub her tummy. It doesn't necissarily get her to go that day, but it helps work it down so she can go in a day or two. Plus it gets the gas that's stuck in there out so she is a little less uncomfortable.

Andrea - posted on 03/14/2010

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Its normal to have a breastfed baby not pooping for a few days, then when they do watch out its gonna be everywhere haha!!!!

Tonya - posted on 07/26/2011

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Talk to your WIC consultants they are very experienced in this situation. My youngest son did this as I was breastfeeding him and my nutritionist from WIC told me it was normal. Also try talking to other breastfeeding moms and see what they tell you. Good luck.

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Erica - posted on 03/15/2010

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My daughtter is 6 weeks old and i had the same issue and the dr told me my dr is gonna be like that for a while so i continued to take her back and they checked her she was perfectly fine but just continue what u r doing cuz i gert worried and my daughter is my first

Renee - posted on 03/14/2010

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I was told that a breastfed baby not pooping is normal when my little girl was about the same age (she was solely breastfeed till 12 months), I found massaging her and warm bath helped her, but to be honest go to the chemist/ drug store and ask about products you can purchase can help infant constipation. I'm not sure on the age requirements, I think it might be 6 months. I hope this helps you a little it's very frustrating I know!

Suzy - posted on 03/14/2010

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Hi Melissa,

My son is currently 3 months. I was also breastfeeding for the first 2 months. He wouldn't poop either for 7 days straight. I took him to the doctor and they told me it was because he was dehydrated. He wasn't getting enough breast milk. So I had to start giving him formula. Eventually he would start pooping. Then, his poop started coming out solid and not watery like I was used to. I didn't like that so I contacted the doctor and they told me that iron in the formula was doing this so to give him watered down prune juice. This helped him poop soft. I hope this helps.

Andrea - posted on 03/14/2010

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Quentyn was the exact same way although I gave him formula sporadically, 90% of the time he was BF. He would go almost a week without pooping and I would worry that he is backed up. However the pediatrician said he tummy is soft after palpating it...I would do that to at home and not notice any hard bits so I just chalked it up to absoption...So long as the poop coming out isnt super hard or in clumps I wouldnt worry she'll be fine :)..Breastfeeding is the best thing for our little ones Quentyn was never constipated while being BF...Hope this helps!!

Beth - posted on 03/14/2010

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its ok that your baby is not pooping!!!!!

really , pooping is eliminating WASTE , she just isnt "wasting" any right now ....

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2010

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If she is uncomfortable then your dr might just be wrong. MOmmy knows her child better than a stranger that sees her every once in awhile so listen to your intuition. I believe they make suppositories for baby so you dont have to use the giant adult ones but a much easier way to go would be 1teaspoon of Karo syrup dissolved in 4oz of water. Acts like a laxative. Sometimes just taking a rectal temperature will get things moving also. Many BF babies do utilize everything in a mothers milk especially while in a growth spurt which is common at 3mo. Ask the dr to test some of your babies poop if you are still concerned. The doctors works for you so be pushy if you must!

Melanie - posted on 03/14/2010

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my fourth is 4 months and i totally forgot about the whole breastfed baby not pooping thing. i stressed really hard til i found a lot of moms have this issue. really if youre eating really good and not putting a lot of garbage in your body plus your body filters out the garbage thats not good for her. shes clearly gaining weight well. if shes not crying id say shes fine. for me this started about 7 weeks this time. shes still pooping pretty far apart. but once i let go of my self doubt. (i kept thinking what am i doing wrong) i realized shes ok and seems to be perfectly happy.

Ivy - posted on 03/14/2010

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You can give your baby cool boiled water in between breast feeds. If you think she is constipated, then you can add more fiber to your diet as well. My daughter was the same way. So I had a lot of prunes and after a breastfeed or two, she had a poopy nappy. Your doctor is right, unlike formula, your baby's body absorbs all the breastmilk as she goes and what is left is waste.

DeLores - posted on 03/14/2010

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oh yeah and what worked for me and Bailey... vibrating chair... she went poo every time we put her in that thing... it was kind of funny

DeLores - posted on 03/14/2010

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dont worry... it is completely normal for breast fed babies to not be pooping... but if you think it has been to long... you can call your pediatrician and they will tell you how long is too long

Roxanne - posted on 03/13/2010

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mine went every 10-12 days before i started her on solids, if your worried and don't want to give water i found tummy massages are really good, i still give my baby them but she goes more often since shes started solids : )

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2010

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When my baby was 2 months old he went 8 days without a bowel movement..I was really worried to so I started talking to some mothers I knew had breastfed their babies..One of them told me that her oldest would go 12 days at a time before she would have a bowel movement and that was within the normal range. I asked a specialist about it and she advised me that the baby's systems doesn't settle into a routine until they are about 6-8 weeks old and that is when there is a change in the space between bowel movements and its never the same. My son would sometimes go a day sometimes wouldn't miss a day and then other times he'd be a week before he had a poop, I wouldn't worry about it until the breastfed baby isn't pooping for 12 days, at that point there are things you can do for them. I researched baby not pooping it on babycenter.com. Hope this helped

Alesia - posted on 03/13/2010

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my son had always done heaps of poos and then all of a sudden they droped to about 1 a week or even a bit longer and my doctor told me to drink orange juice and it will go through my breast milk and it will make him poo more often... so i gave it a go and it worked =D

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when i EB my son he would sometimes go 9 days without a bowel movement. dr said as long as he's wetting his diaper frequently everything should be okay.

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2010

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My baby did the same exact thing. However all the sudden she started pooping. At first I thought it was diarrhea. Her dr assured me it wasn't. I guess her body finally knows what to do.

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Docs told me a breastfed baby not pooping for up to 10 days was okay so I seeked a second opinion, said the same thing. My baby seems alright but the moment I see something wrong I'm in that docs room asap! Good luck! :)

Casey - posted on 03/13/2010

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Dont worry, it happens sometimes :) When that happened to my little boy I cut cheese out of my diet and he was back to normal! My doc did tell me its normal to have a breastfed baby not pooping for a week though. You can also read about it in what to expect the first year. I hope that she starts going normal and you feel better!

Jasmine - posted on 03/13/2010

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My daughter went through a phase like that where she would only poop every 3-4 days. Of course, it was always when she went back to the babysitter after nothing all weekend. During those times we gave her a little bit of apple juice or apple prune juice. That always seemed to do the trick.

My doctor also said it was normal for her to not poop every day. So I just watched her to make sure she wasn't getting constipated. We never needed to use suppositories thankfully. You will get through it.

Melanie - posted on 03/13/2010

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Both of my children, exclusively breastfed also stopped pooping! The little one who is only 4 months old goes twice a week but stretched it out to 10 days once. A midst a fog of stinkiness before and after the fact. My little girl who is now 5 years old also made us wait for 8 days. Our breastmilk is perfect for them, they don't need anything more and nothing goes to waste :-) I find that a baby massage really helps our little guy easing the 'discomfort' as he gathers up all his might to bless us with a very full nappy once a week. Good luck, its nerve wracking I know!

Dani - posted on 03/12/2010

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At around 6 weeks your milk changes. Its perfectly normal to have an exclusively breast fed baby not pooping for up to 7 days. There tummy and bowels are becoming more mature so they can handle it. If your really concerned or she seems uncomfortable try doing baby squats or raiseing her knees into her tummy , loosenes things up and gets them moving , also if i eat activia ( probiotic) yogurt , the poop seems to shoot out of her lol . I honestly dont think its anything to worry about though. Good luck

Jenelle - posted on 03/12/2010

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They have little suppositories for babies that you can get at any store in the pharmacy section...I can't recall the exact name of them, but get those and just place suppositories in there. That is all those are meant for, constipated babies. And the other thing is get a lot of KY and do a rectal temp on her a few times a day..with that you can at least tell if poop is close by because it will be on the tip of the thermometer. and lastly we were told by our doctors that if you can get the baby to relax on their belly, just massage her lower back, and that helps getting the bowls moving. I know that is a tough spot to be in...If it continues much longer though, I would take her back to the doctor and be really direct, take note of all of her symptoms, and make him do something about it. Because if it goes for too long it can cause problems. Good Luck! Please Post what finally happened that worked. Thanks!

Elysia - posted on 03/12/2010

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it is totally normal to have a breastfed baby not pooping, but i know how scary it is, i totally freaked when it happened to my son and the same thing happened when he 1st went on to solids and they told me not to stress as long as he didnt seem uncomfortable or his belly got distended. they recomended diluted prune juice if it was causing problems, which i ended up doin. cant remember the amount though if it was half and half or less juice more water, check with your nurse or gp if u wanna try that, worked for us

Taralee - posted on 03/12/2010

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I had this happen with my little girl. Both my doctor and the Community Health nurse, and even La Leche said a breastfed baby not pooping for up to 2 weeks (and sometimes more!) was totally normal. My dr had said a breastfed baby not pooping 21 days was even okay!!! It sounds crazy.....but no need to worry....especially at 3 months. She is just fine.

Allecia - posted on 03/12/2010

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my son is four months old and at a month his bowel movements drastically dropped from 6 a day to nothing for weeks. i was so scared that he was extremely constipated that i called everyone i knew on the matter. it could easily be you resolved even though its not a big concern. you can help her have a bowel movement by consuming more fiber in your diet or drinking more fluids. if your transitioning the baby from formula to breast and back and forth then you would have to decide which one you would want to keep her own and stay there. the constant switch from breastmilk to formula can cause a babies digestive track to slow down. if none of these are a problem for you then dont worry as soon as she makes that change to the baby food you'll get your fair share of poopers lol. hope this helps.

Alyssa - posted on 03/12/2010

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My youngest did that too. She would go for a week or better without pooping. The disadvantage I had was that by 4 1/2 months she still weighed 8 1/2 lbs. The doctors told me the same thing that it was normal and I had nothing to worry about. Since yours is gaining weight I wouldn't worry too much if it has gone for longer than you would like, it doesn't hurt to use half a suppository, or even a little vasoline on the end of a q-tip and rub around the rim. I hope everything gets better

Nicole - posted on 03/12/2010

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on everything that i have been told and read that is what happens. If she is uncomfortable its probably her picking up on your emotions. But I hate it when people don't take what i say seriously too. So, maybe you should get a second opinion. But it is also a possibility that you could just have less dirty diapers to change:)

Francesca - posted on 03/12/2010

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My daughter was/is the same way. She was having 5 or 6 dirty diapers a day when she was first born, but then she all of a sudden went to one a week. It made me very nervous but my doctor insisted that its completely normal as long as the stool was still soft. He said the consistancy and colour were more important than frequency. And that often the reason for breastfed babies not pooping is because breastmilk is so full of everything good and doesn't contain a lot of junk to be wasted...



My doctor said if I was that worried about it, boil some prunes. Cool the water and have my daughter drink the water. He said that was what was safest alernative to all the junk out there. He is a huge advocate to avoid drugs if at all possible. He said you can never be sure the long term affects. And said why waste the money and that risk when there were perfectly great natural methods. (He also had us try a garlic clove in the ear for an ear ache and it worked great too!)



Here is a good visual guide from Baby Center



http://www.babycenter.ca/photo_galleries...





My daughter is almost 11 months now and she only goes about twice a week and she is now on solids too. But her bowls are still soft and golden which is ey exactly what it should be.



Good Luck, I know its hard not to worry. But your doing great :)

Bridget - posted on 03/12/2010

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my 16 month old has gone 14 days without one when she was 3 months old, the doctors told me the same thing that she was absorbing everything I guess they are right she is a healthy 16 month old now - so don't worry too much! I think it is more important that the baby urinates when breastfeed.

Mary - posted on 03/12/2010

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My baby girl did the same thing, I started making sure my water consumption was way up and it helped her a ton. Also there is a tea made by Tradtional Medicinals called Mothers Milk. This helped up my production to make sure she was getting enough. We used Fleet childrens suppositories, which seemed to be more naturally shaped for little bottoms. As long as her poops are no thicker than peanut butter, she isn't constipated.

Frederieke - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son had the same thing around that age; every tuesday morning and i did feel sorry for him because he was a little unconfortable the day before. i started him on solids early, he was very ready and started with peas. that got everything moving again :-), more then once a day.

Jessica - posted on 03/11/2010

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ive also heard it was normal but the best solution i have found is to put like a teaspoon of karo/dark corn syrup in about four ounces of milk and thats always solved the problem for me and my little man is 6 months old

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My four months old did almost the same, he went from having 5 dirty nappies to one a week. I would not worry about it too much. My son is such a big boy, 9kg at four months, that he is absorbing all the breastmilk as well. I think it can be quite normal for babies only to have bowel movement once a week, even only every ten days. At least that is what my maternal health nurse has told me before. She cant be constipated, there is nothing to constipate her, no solid food. i hope this puts you at ease a bit

Rachel - posted on 03/11/2010

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I wouldnt be all that worried although a week seems like a long time without a poop, but my son would go awhile without one.

Rachel - posted on 03/11/2010

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thats how my baby did and now he is 8months old and eats cereal and babyfood and has a dirty diaper a day!

Sophie - posted on 03/11/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter. She had been exclusively breastfed (at that time) and had a bowel movement daily. All of a sudden she stopped and started becoming uncomfortable, on day 4 I went to my doctors office. They told me that she was not constipated and that it is normal for a breastfed baby to only go once a week. I tried explaining that her habit was once daily, but to no avail. In my mind I though well if I don't go every day I'm pretty uncomfortable and I would consider myself to be pretty constipated after 4 days!!!!! Anyways to make a long story short, I added a little water to her diet just an ounce or two daily and after a couple more uncomfortable days she finally had a bowel movement.... perhaps it is something in your diet that is affecting her. Milk protein sensitivities most commonly cause diarrhea, but they can cause constipation in some children. This was the case for my daughter, she did not have the traditional signs, but once I cut the dairy out of my diet.... what a difference!

Bonnie - posted on 03/11/2010

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I have breast fed all 11 of my children and have found it normal for my babies to go a few days to a week at a time before a bowel movement. There have been times when they would even go longer then that. I wouldn't worry about your little one unless she is in obvious pain. A little gasiness is normal for any baby and this can cause a little discomfort. If your baby had an obstruction of some sort or any other serious problem she would definately let you know. Relax and enjoy your baby :)

Corinne - posted on 03/11/2010

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As all the other mommies have said it is normal. But to ease her comfort try gasX or mylcon drops. Also baby cereal may help. It helped my daughter and she would go a week sometimes before pooping. When you start baby food her poops will change again. It will pass. If you've tried everything you're comfortable with and nothing works talk to your ped. dr. That's what they are there for.

Morag - posted on 03/11/2010

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Hi, the same thing happened with my daughter who is now 10 mths. . from around 3 mths until she started eating solids at 6 1/2 mths. When she did finally go omg it was just everywhere!! One of the things I did was bring her legs up and do litle cycling movements and also massage around her belly button in clockwise motion. Only other thing when it went on for around 10 to 14 days was one part fresh orange to 5 parts water and syringe it in her mouth. My midwife and doctor all said breastfed babies just do absorb it all but i did find it unsettling. Hope that helps :-)

Cat - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter did the exact same thing! I was petrified, lol. I thought she was finally going to poop and it would be like rocks or something. Thankfully, it was just that her system was maturing and digesting more efficiently, so less waste was produced. It's normal for this to happen around that age. As long as your baby doesn't seem dehydrated and the bowel movements aren't hard, don't worry about it. Constipation is about consistency, not frequency.

Cecilia - posted on 03/11/2010

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nothing to worry about... both of my children where breastfeed first one till she was 2 and my second is almost a year and he's still nursing... I experienced the pooping once a week with both of them... its normal... usually once a week they would poop 2/3 times that day!

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My baby is 10 months now. He is exclusively breastfed as well. The same thing happened to him at about 5 months old. He went 11 days without going. The doctor suggested prune juice at 2 oz. twice a day. Of course, half water half juice. She checked him to make sure there was no obstruction. His stomach wasn't hard. He was still happy. After a while he went. It wasn't hard at all it was normal. She said that he was absorbing everything too. Online I read that this happens with breastfed babies not pooping. Most of them were around 4 to 5 months though. I tried the suppository too. It didn't work for my guy and it was terrible to watch him go through that. Try curling the baby's legs up to her belly or pump them. I do this every time my baby has gas...then I know he has to go. It works every time. Warm baths help as well...but beware of the explosion once the baby does go.



Ever since then he doesn't go every day. Now it's pretty hard because of the solid food. Doctor said to give him prunes and plums daily to keep it soft. She said to watch giving juice because it has too much sugar. It's always every four to five days now. He also won't poop in the diaper. The diaper has to be opened up for him to go. I curl his legs up to his belly. It works every single time.

Yuki - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son did it too. Our doctor said as long as he was somewhat on a schedule it's nothing to worry about. Eventually they'll end up on a poop schedule, especially once your baby starts solids. My son is now 2 and he still goes 3-4 days without a BM, but then he poops five times in a day for 3-4 days.

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my baby boy is 5 months old and he did that too, for about a month or so, and then all of a sudden reverted back to the newborn poop of it being in every diaper, but they were more explosive. turns out it was the canola oil in my diet (got a new stainless steel cookware set and was using canola oil when i cooked and it was affecting my breastmilk) that was giving him really bad gas and with it came the poopy-farts. but now he's on rice cereal twice a day with nothing else but breastmilk, and is pooping about every 2-4 days now, but occasionally longer. doc says it normal, and with the more solids i introduce him to then his poop schedule will change again. also, he seems uncomfortable sometimes too and so i put a warm (not hot) heating pad (the kind that goes in the microwave) across his belly and that really seems to help him relax and then lo-and-behold he poops. hope it helps your baby too! good luck :)

Holly Jo - posted on 03/11/2010

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It is totally normal for a Breast feed baby not to poop for up to 3 weeks. Just think as it as body waste, what the body does not need. So if your baby is not having a bowel movement she has no waste. She could be having a growing spurt. Please don't give your baby juice or water, unless her pedi has told you to. Try Mylicon, it is safe to give at every feeding, and massage your baby.

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Yep, totally normal. My boy would go days on end with no poop. The reason I was given by my midwife and two pediatricians is that breastmilk is ONLY good stuff, there is no filler, there is no bulk. Their little bodies are using every bit of the milk for nutrition. There is nothing TO poop. More of a concern would be the wet diapers. As long as you are seeing enough wet ones, the baby is just fine. As their bodies mature they start using MORE of the nutrients in the milk, therefore there is nothing left for poopie.
If you notice a little tummy pain, which I did with my breastfed boy, Try some of the soothing techniques they offer. Curl her legs up to her tummy, or try laying the baby across your lap so your legs are applying pressure to her tummy.
I didn't have much of a support system when my boy was newborn, I constantly had people telling me he's not getting enough to eat, he needs a bottle, all babies need water, you should give him some karo syrup in a bottle of water.... on and on and on...so I never tried any of the advice about giving them prunes or applesauce or water, I was too stubborn. In my defense, I never saw constipation either.

Bobbi - posted on 03/11/2010

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My son did the same thing. I actually put a little pear juice, apple, or white grape juice, in with his milk. About an 1/2 to 1 oz. It helped and he was fine.

Andrea - posted on 03/11/2010

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My yongest did the same thing he went from having a dirty nappy at every change to once every 7 to 10 days! My doctor told me that for a breast fed baby 10 days between bowel movements was perfectly normal. My advice to you is not to worry if she is happy, plays normally, eats well etc...then you are obviously giving her EXCACTLY what she needs not more not less! (think of it as a bonus less dirty nappies to change:-)

Brandi - posted on 03/11/2010

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After a couple of months, a breastfed baby can have BM less frequently, mine did. They start holding it in longer & their bodies are now more adapted to eating & are digesting more completely. I wouldn't worry at this time. Sounds normal to me! Good luck!

Candy - posted on 03/10/2010

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Hey, just wanted to let you know, and I have been told by my doctor, its perfectly normal for a breastfed baby to go up to a week without a poop, and my little guy is like that for sure, its usually every 5 days, we did go a week without one and boy was there an explosion lol but more than a week isn't good, maybe look into a new doctor

Sarah - posted on 03/10/2010

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my son is 2 months and is having same problems i only breastfeed and he poos once a week and his always in pain but his not constipated

Renee - posted on 03/14/2010

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I was told that a breastfed baby not pooping is normal when my little girl was about the same age (she was solely breastfeed till 12 months), I found massaging her and warm bath helped her, but to be honest go to the chemist/ drug store and ask about products you can purchase can help infant constipation. I'm not sure on the age requirements, I think it might be 6 months. I hope this helps you a little it's very frustrating I know!

Beth - posted on 03/14/2010

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its ok that your baby is not pooping!!!!!

really , pooping is eliminating WASTE , she just isnt "wasting" any right now ....

Melanie - posted on 03/14/2010

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my fourth is 4 months and i totally forgot about the whole breastfed baby not pooping thing. i stressed really hard til i found a lot of moms have this issue. really if youre eating really good and not putting a lot of garbage in your body plus your body filters out the garbage thats not good for her. shes clearly gaining weight well. if shes not crying id say shes fine. for me this started about 7 weeks this time. shes still pooping pretty far apart. but once i let go of my self doubt. (i kept thinking what am i doing wrong) i realized shes ok and seems to be perfectly happy.

DeLores - posted on 03/14/2010

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dont worry... it is completely normal for breast fed babies to not be pooping... but if you think it has been to long... you can call your pediatrician and they will tell you how long is too long

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2010

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When my baby was 2 months old he went 8 days without a bowel movement..I was really worried to so I started talking to some mothers I knew had breastfed their babies..One of them told me that her oldest would go 12 days at a time before she would have a bowel movement and that was within the normal range. I asked a specialist about it and she advised me that the baby's systems doesn't settle into a routine until they are about 6-8 weeks old and that is when there is a change in the space between bowel movements and its never the same. My son would sometimes go a day sometimes wouldn't miss a day and then other times he'd be a week before he had a poop, I wouldn't worry about it until the breastfed baby isn't pooping for 12 days, at that point there are things you can do for them. I researched baby not pooping it on babycenter.com. Hope this helped

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Docs told me a breastfed baby not pooping for up to 10 days was okay so I seeked a second opinion, said the same thing. My baby seems alright but the moment I see something wrong I'm in that docs room asap! Good luck! :)

Casey - posted on 03/13/2010

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Dont worry, it happens sometimes :) When that happened to my little boy I cut cheese out of my diet and he was back to normal! My doc did tell me its normal to have a breastfed baby not pooping for a week though. You can also read about it in what to expect the first year. I hope that she starts going normal and you feel better!

Dani - posted on 03/12/2010

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At around 6 weeks your milk changes. Its perfectly normal to have an exclusively breast fed baby not pooping for up to 7 days. There tummy and bowels are becoming more mature so they can handle it. If your really concerned or she seems uncomfortable try doing baby squats or raiseing her knees into her tummy , loosenes things up and gets them moving , also if i eat activia ( probiotic) yogurt , the poop seems to shoot out of her lol . I honestly dont think its anything to worry about though. Good luck

Elysia - posted on 03/12/2010

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it is totally normal to have a breastfed baby not pooping, but i know how scary it is, i totally freaked when it happened to my son and the same thing happened when he 1st went on to solids and they told me not to stress as long as he didnt seem uncomfortable or his belly got distended. they recomended diluted prune juice if it was causing problems, which i ended up doin. cant remember the amount though if it was half and half or less juice more water, check with your nurse or gp if u wanna try that, worked for us

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I had this happen with my little girl. Both my doctor and the Community Health nurse, and even La Leche said a breastfed baby not pooping for up to 2 weeks (and sometimes more!) was totally normal. My dr had said a breastfed baby not pooping 21 days was even okay!!! It sounds crazy.....but no need to worry....especially at 3 months. She is just fine.

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My daughter was/is the same way. She was having 5 or 6 dirty diapers a day when she was first born, but then she all of a sudden went to one a week. It made me very nervous but my doctor insisted that its completely normal as long as the stool was still soft. He said the consistancy and colour were more important than frequency. And that often the reason for breastfed babies not pooping is because breastmilk is so full of everything good and doesn't contain a lot of junk to be wasted...



My doctor said if I was that worried about it, boil some prunes. Cool the water and have my daughter drink the water. He said that was what was safest alernative to all the junk out there. He is a huge advocate to avoid drugs if at all possible. He said you can never be sure the long term affects. And said why waste the money and that risk when there were perfectly great natural methods. (He also had us try a garlic clove in the ear for an ear ache and it worked great too!)



Here is a good visual guide from Baby Center



http://www.babycenter.ca/photo_galleries...





My daughter is almost 11 months now and she only goes about twice a week and she is now on solids too. But her bowls are still soft and golden which is ey exactly what it should be.



Good Luck, I know its hard not to worry. But your doing great :)

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My baby is 10 months now. He is exclusively breastfed as well. The same thing happened to him at about 5 months old. He went 11 days without going. The doctor suggested prune juice at 2 oz. twice a day. Of course, half water half juice. She checked him to make sure there was no obstruction. His stomach wasn't hard. He was still happy. After a while he went. It wasn't hard at all it was normal. She said that he was absorbing everything too. Online I read that this happens with breastfed babies not pooping. Most of them were around 4 to 5 months though. I tried the suppository too. It didn't work for my guy and it was terrible to watch him go through that. Try curling the baby's legs up to her belly or pump them. I do this every time my baby has gas...then I know he has to go. It works every time. Warm baths help as well...but beware of the explosion once the baby does go.



Ever since then he doesn't go every day. Now it's pretty hard because of the solid food. Doctor said to give him prunes and plums daily to keep it soft. She said to watch giving juice because it has too much sugar. It's always every four to five days now. He also won't poop in the diaper. The diaper has to be opened up for him to go. I curl his legs up to his belly. It works every single time.

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It is totally normal for a Breast feed baby not to poop for up to 3 weeks. Just think as it as body waste, what the body does not need. So if your baby is not having a bowel movement she has no waste. She could be having a growing spurt. Please don't give your baby juice or water, unless her pedi has told you to. Try Mylicon, it is safe to give at every feeding, and massage your baby.

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