Newborn not pooping properly

Lauren - posted on 10/28/2011 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I am exculisve breastfeeding a very fiesty one month old little girl. She has become increaseing fussy and spitty but she is decreasing the amount of dirty diapers she is having. With the Dr's advice I have tried apple juice, suppositories, and am now doing a laxative (lactulose). I am only getting small results. She is also very fussy with a lot of things that I eat (cheese, diary, broccli, etc) I am starting to elimanate foods from my diet but am concerned this is not normal. Has anyone else had problems like this and any advice?

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Cynthia - posted on 10/29/2011

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it is normal for a breast fed baby to have less dirty diapers this is because they can actually absorb all the milk and digest very little and only have a bm every 12 days. my doctor told me this is ok. just another perk from breast feeding. thats what he said. as for the fussiness maybe it is something else. maybe it is just gas. gas drops work wonders for bf and ff babies.



ETA i would not give my baby apple juice or anything but breast milk and water.

Amy - posted on 11/29/2011

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That happened to me too. My son, 3 months old at the time, didn't have a poopie diaper for like a week. His doctor told me to give him some watered down 100% apple juice. I gave him about 3-4 ounces of juice and water once a day for about 5 days and he eventually pooped. It is normal for newborns to not have a bowl movement for 3-5 days.

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Have you thought about trying a chiropractor? Infant chiropractic adjustments are MUCH gentler than adult adjustments - they can use a little tool called an activator rather than pushing on little one's back. Sometimes during birth nerves get pinched due to the large amount of pressure on baby and a few chiropractic adjustments can really help with digestive issues. My daughter is pooping fine but is having issues with reflux and colic and my chiro asked a lot of questions about her pooping habits because that is fairly common issue as well (according to her). Normally you wouldn't want to give your baby anything other than breast milk or formula at this age, but if you have spoken with your doctor and he/she recommended some of the other things I would do so, but also do so sparingly. Also - infant gas drops (myelicon/simethicone) do help greatly with gas pains. I used them with my son and am also using them with my daughter. Good Luck...I hope your little one starts feeling better soon!

Mary-Allegra - posted on 12/07/2011

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If you eliminate dairy, start drastic at first. Then you can start trying adding in yogurt, or cheese...the type of cheese can matter, so go slowly and pay attention to how your daughter responds. I kept cow dairy out of my diet entirely. It really helped. Goat cheese was fine. I ended up drinking soy milk, but found hemp milk later and liked that. When our son went to non-mom milk, he actually got a mix of hemp and cow milk for several months. Now that he is off any sort of bottle, though, he barely drinks milk at all...

Winter - posted on 11/07/2011

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I've also heard that a breastfeeding mother can drink prune juice to help her baby poop. My baby would sometimes go 4-5 days in between poops when she was less than 2 months old. When it seemed like she was working on a poo, I would put her in her vibrating bouncy chair. She would be half-sitting (strapped in, of course) near the angle dudes like to watch TV from a LAZI-boy recliner. It seemed like the vibrations and the more upright posture helped the poop come. After all, we sit to poop for a reason. Put her in a power pushing position. A little gravity can't hurt, either!

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Jennifer - posted on 11/08/2011

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I think thats normal, and I don't think you should worry. However, try the chiropractor.

Anna - posted on 11/07/2011

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It is extrememly rare for exclusively breastfed babies to be constipated. Try to eat a foods high in fiber like stewed prunes.

Heather - posted on 11/06/2011

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Because Dairy, Broccoli, and any other foods that give YOU Gas, will give her gas too. It will take a week or two for these foods to clear your system and hers, and then she should be fine. It IS completely normal for a 4 week old baby to poop every few days, and sometimes, I hear, that they poop only once a week, and it's normal. She should be decreasing her poopy diapers, and that's ok. I wouldn't give her apple juice, water, or anything like that. Do give her some Infant Gas medicine though, that can help. You can also lift her legs into her tummy, and even try, during the day, when you can watch her, lay her on her tummy for a little bit a few times a day.

Coffee and caffeine can also cause gas and spit up! Just an FYI.

Jen - posted on 11/03/2011

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I completely agree with everything Delci just posted and did a lot of "bicycling" and massaging of her belly. I also did what Nadine said and massaged the outside of her rectum with vasoline or would take a rectal thermometer with vasoline on it and gently insert the thermometer into her rectum, not very far in though. Hope things are going better!

Delci - posted on 11/03/2011

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Breast milk is a natural laxative. It is very hard for an exclusively breast fed baby to be constipated. My little one had a BM once every 7-10 days for several months. Now at 18 months he averages one a day. Watch your diet. Try to cut out cows milk (or drink lactose free cows milk). I would recommend you drink almond, rice, or oat milk since soy milk might bother her too. Watch what other foods you're eating as well. Things that cause you to be gassy ie. cabbage, broccoli, garlic, cauliflower, etc will also cause her to be gassy. Help her pass gas by laying her on her back and doing 'bicycle legs'. I don't remember how early you can use gripe water, but I found it to help with gas and digestion much better than gas drops. Keep monitoring her poop. If it's not hard little pebbles, she is NOT constipated. Her digestive system is still developing, and will remain quite sensitive for at least her first six months. Good Luck!

Jen - posted on 10/31/2011

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I have seven children and my daughter who just turned 3, believe it or not, would only poop every 10 days to 2 weeks! My doctor was a little concerned but said that it can be normal for an exclusively breastfed baby to only poop every 2 weeks. I wish I could say that I remeber how long this went on for, I think a few months though, but I am happy to tell you that she now poops every day (I breastfed her until she was getting close to 3, but only before bed). Hope that info helps, I really didn't change my diet, I think her digestive system just finally matured. SHe was a cranky baby. Gripe Water seemed to help a little and I did try to drink more juice as you mentioned you are already doing. Good luck!

Analytical - posted on 10/31/2011

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My training states this may be normal after 6 weeks and even then I'm not entirely convinced its great, a lot of the babies are grunty/squirmy/unsettled/windy who go multiple days without stooling.

Bernadette - posted on 10/31/2011

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actually, it IS typical for an infant this age to go without pooping. Breast fed babies can go anywhere up to two weeks without doing one! My little boy used to poo about 10 times a day for the first month or two, and then suddenly started going only about once a week. It is perfectly normal.

Christina - posted on 10/30/2011

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I would switch doctors. I can't believe he/she told you to give a 1 month old baby laxatives. It is perfectly normal for breastfed babies to not poop everyday. Some will even go 2 or 3 days without pooping. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Analytical - posted on 10/30/2011

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Hi
It's not typical for an infant this age to go without stooling. By far the most common reason pre 5/6 weeks is simply insufficient intake - and this may have dropped if baby has become spitty. I'm pretty stunned your doc suggested AJ for a 1mth old, an exclusively breastfed baby should never be constipated as breastmilk is over 80% water.
Has anyone ruled out a disorganised suck/tongue tie in your baby?
AA

Nadine - posted on 10/30/2011

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I so just went through this with my newborn. My suggestion because this is what i had to do. My daughters doctor said they can sometimes what she calls forget how to poo. So they push and push and fuss like they are trying but its not coming. Its because even though they need to go and are trying to they are clenching the but muscles and so nothing comes out. So stop giving her anything other then your breast milk, when you notice she is uncomfortable or fuss rub her belly in a circular motion for 5 to 10 she will fuss and or cry. If that didnt make her go and this is the gross part, take some vasoline and massage the outside of her rectum and after a few you will feel her start to push on your finger because it will be making her try to go. Then watch out. Lol I had to do this every few days for almost a month and now she goes on her own but still only every 4 to 5 days. Good luck and i hope this helps.

Cynthia - posted on 10/29/2011

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she can become dependent on the laxatives at such a young age her body needs to learn how to poop with out aid. my son is 4 months old and he don't poop. only bi weekly a little more but not much. my older son did poop way more idk why. have you tried gas drops. i use them every time i feed my baby. with out them he would be a screaming mess too

Lauren - posted on 10/29/2011

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The problem is she only passes a small amount of poop with gas and nothing larger. Then she screams and stiffens up in discomfort. Two weeks is to long for anyone to go without a BM. My other child pooped 4-5 times a day when I was breastfeeding her. She spits up more when she hasn't pooped and is uncomfortable. Im worried because its getting worse and nothing is helping. When everything I've done should produce results instantly.

Tiffanie - posted on 10/29/2011

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How long does your daughter go between bowel movements? I had concerns about my first son's bm but the dr told me if he wasn't having one at least every two weeks to make an appt for him to be seen. I understand changing your diet, my son would not feed if I ate crab legs, and I loved crab legs lol. I would definately stop with the apple juice, suppositories, and laxatives, her little body can't properly utilize them. And as Celeste said, only be concerned if is a solid movement, breast fed babies poop should be mostly liquid with little seed like pieces.

Celeste - posted on 10/29/2011

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Totally normal for breastfed babies to not poop for days. As long as there are no hard pellets when she does go. All of my kids would not poop for anywhere from 3 to 7 days. But, when they finally did, it was a HUGE blow out!





ETA: Here's a god link explaining that it's normal

http://www.mother-2-mother.com/normal.ht...

Amy - posted on 10/29/2011

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I would eliminate all dairy from your diet, but it could take two weeks to see in effect on your little one. Then I would find a new doctor, giving juice to a one month old, suppositories, and laxatives doesn't sound safe for a newborn baby.

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