Has Your baby's bowel transitioned to a solid?

Callie - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am breast feeding my 7 wk old daughter. I think she might be transitioning to solid stools. Have any of your breastfed babies done this yet? If so, did it take a few days before you saw a bowel movement?
My daughter has been very regular since birth. Two and a half days ago her movements slowed and I have not seen a bowel in over two days. If she doesn't go by tomorrow I will be calling her pediatrician.
Any posts and/or comments are welcome!
Callie

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Kristi - posted on 12/29/2009

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when I was breast feeding my daughter once went a whole 8 days with out having a bowel movement and they told my that is normal for breast feed babies

Callinda - posted on 12/29/2009

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It is very normal for this to happen around 6-8 weeks because your bub has become much more efficient with what they are taking in from the breastmilk. Their tummies are much more mature now, so there is less waste than in the early few weeks. It is normal to go up to 7-10 days, and unless they are straining and it is actually hard poop, then there is nothing to worry about.

Also with regard to prune juice (even diluted prune juuice), it can be quite harsh on their sensitive little tummies - unless they are actually constipated (ie straining with hard stools) I wouldnt give it to them. Just try some extra water in a bottle if you are really worried - but they really dont sound like they need it, all sounds very normal!

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Mine is almost 3 months old and I have to supplement that last feeding of the day (she usually eats only additional oz to 2 of formula). But she has 1 or 2 bm per week. She is not in pain, uncomfortable or fussy and when she has to go she grunts for maybe 10-20 minutes and she's done pooping lol. So this is very normal for her.
I read somewhere that ebf babies can go a week and not have bm. As long as it doesn't bother them and the poop is normal.
Sofia was constipated early on and I gave her 2oz of apple juice. It's not as harsh as prune juice but the result is explosive poop lol.

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Callie,
My sister suggested prune juice, too. I haven't tried it yet because the little guy seems to be getting back to his normal schedule... just thicker poo than we were used to. :)

Callie - posted on 12/28/2009

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Hi Ellen,
My little girl decided to go four days again without a bowel. Her gas was terrible last night and this morning. Although, she didn't seem too uncomfortable with it.
I decided to call her pedi because I was concerned about the smell. The RN informed me that she was probably fine but I could try adding .5 to 1 ounce of unsweatened prune juice to 3 oz of breast mild. (I've been pumping during the day to prepare for my return to work next Monday.) I had just fed her and planned on running to the store between feeds. Low and behold about an hour later she decided to have a bowel. An extremely large one at that! Then, about an hour and a half later she had another. She's been a happy little camper ever since.
I'm assuming that she is just taking in most of the nutrition from my breast milk and doesn't need to have one as often now. I hope that your little boy is just starting to regulate his bowels more efficiently. GL!

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I was so glad to see your question! My little boy just went through the same thing--3 days without a poop, and then one that my husband compared to "flooring adhesive". He has been a very regular pooper up until this week and I was concerned too. I feel better knowing he's not the only one!

Callie - posted on 12/21/2009

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Quoting Natasha:

have you eating anything different that may be the problem when brest feeding yuou have to watch everything you eat!!


I've been eating really healthy, actually.  Same breakfast, salad for lunch and usually chicken and vegetables for dinner.  Nothings changed.



By solid, I don't mean solid like an adult.  I mean solid as in a little more formed than the runny, runny stuff that's been coming out.



My baby finally had a bowel today.  I was told that if she didn't go by 3 days then to call her doc.  Her stools were still "soft" so I know she wasn't  constipated.  Her doctor told me that if it was hard then she definitely was constipated.



I do think that her bowels have changed.  Only because I have seen her go during changes.  Before this change it was VERY runny, but looked just like the healthy breastfed baby poop!  During this diaper change it came out more formed but still "soft".   She must just be really absorbing a lot of the nutrients that she eats.  Sure makes her momma happy!

Jackie - posted on 12/21/2009

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How solid are you talking? My baby is 10 weeks old and I mix feed but wouldnt say her stools are solid yet. She does go on a daily basis as well.

Natasha - posted on 12/21/2009

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have you eating anything different that may be the problem when brest feeding yuou have to watch everything you eat!!

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