Baby Straining/Grunting, Not Constipated

Keisha - posted on 03/28/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My breastfed, 2-week old is straining/grunting but not constipated. She poops often. Anyone else experience this?

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Matalia - posted on 11/14/2012

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Keisha Smith, I'm experiencing the exact same thing and I won't pretend that it's not bothering me. My son is four (4) weeks old and he strains and grunts so hard that his little face turns completely red. I really want some answers. I'm a first time mom and it really is scaring the heck out of me.

Jaime - posted on 04/05/2009

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Quoting Leanne:



www.youtube.com/watch?v=xESfgrGIfPk Check out the video of my 2wk old daughter I just posted on youtube.  She doesexactly the same thing!!  She's so much happier after I help her out with that nasty painful gas!






Loved this...I have been doing something similar but didn't know there was a method to it lol.  Funny thing is even when she is all gassed out she still grunts lol!!

Macenzie - posted on 04/06/2009

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My 5 week old does this too! sometimes he even wakes himself up, I asked my midwife and she said as long as hes producing wet and dirty nappies hes fine...i was worried tho sometimes he looks like hes in alot of pain!

Keisha - posted on 03/31/2009

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Morning Ladies - saw the pediatrician today and asked about the straining and grunting . . . the doc says it's just normal baby noises. He says as long as she was going regularly and poop wasn't hard, that she's fine. Apparently babies tend to make those types of noises. It's funny because another infant was in the waiting room making the same noises!

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Monique - posted on 04/09/2009

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yeah, my 2 month old does the same, and the results are a massive poop! but no constipation. I think that's just their way of pooping and getting used to digesting the milk /{formula}. My Husband gets so worried, but it's nothing to worry about~

Jessica - posted on 04/06/2009

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My baby is 2 weeks as well and she does the same thing. She hasnt had any diaper problems. I just figured she was talking to me.

Debbie - posted on 04/06/2009

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I have a 4 week old and he works so hard at a BM. You would think that as hard as he works at it, there would be more to show for it, all we get is little bitty poops. im not sure if its normal, but im worried about it too.

Leanne - posted on 04/05/2009

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=xESfgrGIfPk Check out the video of my 2wk old daughter I just posted on youtube.  She doesexactly the same thing!!  She's so much happier after I help her out with that nasty painful gas!

Leanne - posted on 04/04/2009

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Geez,  Thanks for posting this question....it EXACTLY answers mine!  My 2 wk old is a "happy  grunting baby" I guess!!  I exclusively BF and she poops/pees regularily....but my gawd, the noises and the red face are crazy sometimes.  We just started swaddling her again, with a tight band across her belly, she seems to like.  Sometimes I also place the weight of my hand on her belly and keep it there as she inhales....often producing a nice loud fart!  LOL!!!   A friend of mine, who's grandmother is a baby masseuse in Guyana showed me some compression tricks too.  Not only do I bicycle her legs, but I compress them together and separately into her lower abdomen and gently squish her right shoulder towards her left knee and visa versa..

Tahli - posted on 04/03/2009

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Hi ladies, my 2 weeks old does this whenever he has more wind to bring up. Hope thats helpful.

Crystal - posted on 04/01/2009

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isn't it great though all the little noises? My Gabriel is doing it as we speak. Everytime he moves around he makes some kind of noise! I LOVE IT! Then he starts fussing and wants to be picked up but I LOVE THAT TOO! Congrats on all our happy grunting babies!!!

Genevieve - posted on 03/31/2009

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she's just learning to poop....when they strain like that it tightens all their muscles---basically turning the sphincter into a brick wall, it takes them a few weeks to figure out you have to push and release to poop.  my son is a big grunter too :) 

Jaime - posted on 03/29/2009

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I really think they are ok...I would stick to the breastmilk if you can as it will most likely cause less problems then formula and Breastmilk is best if you are able to provide it.  Elizabeth still does it but really I think she is ok.  My son did have constipation problems when he was 3 mts old and beyond, he once went 13 days w/out pooping we kept taking him to the doctor and they said he was fine and told us to give him a glycerin enema and that made him poop..funny thing is he didn't do all the grunting Elizabeth my 2 week old does so really we may just have noisy babies lol I wish I could post it b/c it is funny.

Janice - posted on 03/29/2009

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I have boy/girl twins that are a month on Monday. My little boy does this but our daughter doesn't. He is just makes more noise getting his gas bubbles out and gets all red in the face when he's filling his diaper. She will only occasionally do the grunting. I'm pretty sure that it's just different babies being different!

Megan - posted on 03/29/2009

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My 1 week old does the same thing. We brought it to our Dr.'s attention and he suggested that it my be a spastic colon. We'll know more about it next week at his follow up visit. I've also done some research on the web and think that he may be lactose intolerant (we're supplimenting in addition to breast milk). Has anyone else dealt with this??

Keisha - posted on 03/29/2009

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Hi Jody, I think that may be it. Them getting used to actually using those muscles and such. My munchkin has a Dr. appt Tuesday, I'll definitely be asking about it. Hopefully, the doc knows exactly what I'm referring to.

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My 3 week old is doing this as well ... gets right red in the face! We had him circumcised and I was worried he was going to pop some blood vessels with all the straining he does. I wish I knew why they did this. I keep thinking it's my breast milk, so I stop using it and use formula instead, but it doesn't really make a difference. I hope they are just getting used to the whole digestion process??

Heather - posted on 03/29/2009

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my 2 week old does the same thing, i was starting to be concerned but now i am rest assured he isn't the only one :)

Keisha - posted on 03/28/2009

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Yes, that is her to a "T". I stopped tracking because she seemed to be going like clockwork. But, maybe I'll start again to make sure she's as regular as I think. Thanks for replying! :)

Jaime - posted on 03/28/2009

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You may just have a noisy baby.  My 2-week old does the same thing.  Are you still tracking wet and poop diapers?  I still do just incase.  She grunts and even brings her legs up but everything is working.  No temp and she will sleep at least 3 hours at a time.  So I am with you!

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