My little guy hasn't pooped in 12 days!!! He is breastfed only. The Dr. recommended Lactulose which I gave today.

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Kerry - posted on 01/20/2009

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one little trick I learned to get my baby to poop was take a q-tip with vasoline and gentle rub around the anus. It really works!! My exclusively BF baby at about 5 month hadn't pooped for 10+ days. She was farting up a storm. So I wasn't worried but I could tell she wasn't comfortable. Within 15 minutes she pooped!!! Works every single time.
I know it sounds kinda weird. But hey-you asked, I shared!!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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My baby is going through the same thing right now.  She'll go up to a 10-14 days between poops.  This is pretty normal for breastfed babies.  I hear it's because our breastmilk  is so perfect that there isn't much waste. 

Crystal - posted on 03/21/2013

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I am also going through the same thing right now with my 8 month old baby boy. Today will make day number eight that he hasn't had a poop. He has been acting his normal self and seems to be just fine so I have tried not to worry about it, but there is something programmed in a mother that just makes us worry, right? I have been giving him warm baths, massaging his tummy, doing the bicycle thing with his legs and giving him a little prune or apple juice every day and still no poop. So I called his doctor today and she said that she would not be concerned at this point, that it is perfectly normal for breastfed babies to go 8 to even 10 days without a poop. She told me that if he starts to strain to set him in a warm bath, that will somtimes get things stimulated, and also to give him pear or apple juice and make sure he is getting veggies like pea's and green beans.....so I guess I will just keep trying different things.

Kimmi - posted on 01/22/2009

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I was freaking out when my 6 wk old daughter hadn't pooped in 11 days.  I could tell she was uncomfortable (hence the screaming).  We tried suppositories, enemas, karo, warm water... but nothing worked.  The dr said it is ok for breast fed babies to go a week w/o pooping but I didn't feel this was normal for MY baby (since she had been going several times a day, then all of a sudden stopped).  We took her to a chiropractor who adjusted her back.  She pooped 10 min later!  After 2 or 3 adjustments she was pooping once a day!!!  She's now 15 months and still right on track!

Angela - posted on 01/22/2009

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my 6 week old daughter went 13 days without pooping.  She finally pooped on Monday.  As long as they aren't acting like they are in pain and are still eating and peeing I would say to just wait.  When he does poop again though watch out it will be a lot!

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Kristen - posted on 01/22/2009

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My little girl went 15 days and finally went after the dr recommended 2oz of prune juice daily.

Kristen - posted on 01/22/2009

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My little girl went 15 days and finally went after the dr recommended 2oz of prune juice daily.

Nichole - posted on 01/21/2009

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its normal for breastfed babies to go up to two weeks without a bowel movement. the longest my dr has seen is 14 days  - she assures me its normal as long as they have enough wet diapers.

Vanessa - posted on 01/21/2009

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Same issue here...my baby girl doesnt poop often but when she does its still soft...her pediatrician said that I should just eat more veggies and eventually she will poop more...I kinda thought that suggestion was weird given the fact that Im vegetarian, but I did as she suggested and it helps sometimes, but her body eventually does what it wants to. As long as she is ok when she does "go" Im ok with it too... 

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2009

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Thanks to all for the advice.   My little guy pooped today (Day 13)!!  With the advice of my Dr. I gave him Lactulose (2 doses).  It was soft with the consistency of peanut butter.   I also gave him 1oz of apple prune drink.  I wonder if I should continue giving him the juice of if I should wait to see if he becomes regular.    He is almost 5 months old and breastfed only. 

Crystal - posted on 01/21/2009

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Thanks to all for the advice.   My little guy pooped today (Day 13)!!  With the advice of my Dr. I gave him Lactulose (2 doses).  It was soft with the consistency of peanut butter.   I also gave him 1oz of apple prune drink.  I wonder if I should continue giving him the juice of if I should wait to see if he becomes regular.    He is almost 5 months old and breastfed only. 

Dawn - posted on 01/21/2009

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Both of my babies were breastfed, but only my second child went through this.  She wasn't uncomfortable but I was worried about her after she hadn't pooped in 6 days.  The doctor told me to give her dark Caro syrup mixed with water.  That did the trick.  I can't remember the ratio.  I think it was a couple spoonfuls to 4 ounces.  Ask your pediatrician.  He also said you can stimulate the babies to go by sticking your finger or a rectal thermometer just inside the rectum.  I wasn't going "there", so I tried the syrup!

Jamie - posted on 01/20/2009

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I posted this same question a few months ago and got similar responses- and they were all right on! I realized that, when he did go, it was normal and not hard, so he technically wasn't constipated and therefore didn't need anything (like pear juice which is a simple way to fix it if that is the problem). If baby is uncomfortable, you can try the warm bath, also moving his legs like he's on a bicycle (while he's on his back) and rubbing his belly in a clockwise motion.

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It seems like all the other Moms have hit this on the head. My little guy went through the same thing, it seemed like forever since he had a solid diaper! His pediatrician said that it is totally normal for breastfed babies to go through long periods between solid diapers. He did mention however, to watch for any additional fussing. If it seems like he is going through extra bouts of fussyness and then passing a very solid or hard BM, then it may be constipation. It's not common for breastfed babies to be constipated though, so it sounds to me like he's fine!

Odette - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daughter went through this when she was 5 months old too! I was so worried. Her pediatrician said breastfed babies can go up to two weeks without concern. He told me not to worry as long as she was eating normally and had a wet diaper every two hours (or whatever is "normal" for her). He told me to try water or breastmilk with Caro syrup (dark caro). As you get closer to the two week mark w/out a poop, you can also give him a glycerin suppository for babies.



Good luck! :)

Melissa - posted on 01/20/2009

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Its normal in breastfed babies. Breast milk is so pure there isn't a lot of waist. As long as he is passing gas and it isn't rock hard when he does go then he is fine. If it is hard as a rock try giving him prune, apricot, and pear juice or food mixed. how old is your son?

Heidi - posted on 01/20/2009

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My oldest one had the same problem. If he's still farting than don't be to concerned. You can also try warm water and brown sugar that does help. I was told that breastfeed babies can take up to two weeks to poop sometimes

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