my newborn never poops but when she does its soft..?

Bekka - posted on 12/13/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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my daughter is almost 3 months old & she NEVER poops... maybe 1-2 times in a 2 week period. BUT when she does go it's the normal "newborn poop" (soft, orangish-yellow, & seed like) .. anything i can do to help my poor baby go more than 3 times a month!?! the doctor says "it's just her GI tract maturing but this is my 2nd child & my husband & I have no ideas of what to try since she is so young yet... does a newborn baby need to poop everyday? HELP :(

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Carrie - posted on 01/01/2010

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when my son had problems at that age I added 1 teaspoon of caro syrup to 4 ounces of warm water or added to warm formula once a day to help him poop...it worked and he loved it

Callinda - posted on 12/17/2009

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Since she is breastfed, this is perfectly normal.



In order to be considered constipated she would have to go infrequently, have the stools be hard when she goes, and she would have to be straining a lot. From the sound of it that is not the case.



I would not recommend giving her diluted juice, as babies can be fructose intolerant - if you really want to give her something then a small drink of cooled boiled water in a bottle (then maybe a teeny bit of brown sugar dissolved in it if no results from just water).



However this really isnt neccessary. Because breastmilk is such a perfect food for babies, there is very little waste. Her GI tract is now much more efficient than it was when she was first born, so she is getting every bit of goodness from the milk and there is not much waste product!

Mary - posted on 12/16/2009

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It is because she is breastfed. All of the nutrients that you are feeding her are getting absorbed and nothing is going to waste - hence no poop. I was worried about that same thing with my son and that is how it is explained.

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Lisa - posted on 09/06/2011

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not really shes fine, the doc has no worries so you dont have to worry,just be blessed u dont have all those nappies to use xxxxx she would cry buckets if there was somat wrong xxxx just wait till shes weaning gosh youll know all about it then,even when we die we still have poop inour intestine,it is quite a long pipe to flow stuff down xxxxx bless you xxxx she doesnt need suppliments tohelp her go, she willget tummy ache if u give her apple juice.

Jessica - posted on 01/08/2010

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She is fine as long as the stools are normal when she goes. If you must because she's discomforted, Karo syrup---just a tsp in bottle helps within 24hrs

Ronda - posted on 01/04/2010

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i had the same problem with my daughter. the doc told us that however much or little each baby goes is normal for them because all babies are different. unless she went a lot before and suddenly stopped then thats something to keep an eye on. otherwise whats been going on for a while is normal. newborn babies do not need to poop everyday! no need to worry!

Lynne - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son was brestfeed for the first 10 months. He wouldn't have normal poops either. We had a talked to a doctor and they said that was very normal. That didn't happen with my daughter but no kid is the exact same. Sooner or later she will have normal poops again!

Emma - posted on 01/03/2010

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You say she is breastfed, so it is perfectly normal that your newborn is not pooping everyday. My 5 month old boy only had bowel movements once every 10-14 days. This is because there is not much waste leftover from breastmilk for babies to have to pass through their body - it is all good stuff for them to keep in their bodies to grow and develop. Do not give your baby anything to force a bowel movement, its not good for them. If your baby does not have a bowel movement for more than 2 weeks, then it could be constipation, and a bit of brown sugar with water given in a bottle should get her bowels moving by the next day.

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Our 3nd child was constipated for the first 6 weeks of his life, we took him to the chiropractor and he suggested if this did not work ie: massaging his colon gently from left to right then to use suppositories, we ended up having to do both, it was hell for six weeks with him constantly screaming in pain. However, once the suppositories where inserted life became much easier, He was Formula feed, we also watered his bottle down just an extra 10 mils However, it doesn't seem to be the case with your child. My Dr said we dont poop everyday so don't worry about it, that was with my first child.

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Hey- I'm a breast feeding mother too. I know it's already been said, but it is really normal that your newborn does not poo every day, or every second day. Healthy breastfed babies do not get constipated (I was sick as one stage and was extremely dehydrated, therefore my bub became dehydrated too- the only time she was constipated.)



"Breastfed babies generally poo many times a day in the first 6 weeks of their lives. This gradually decreases in the second 6 weeks until some only do a big poo every so often. EVERY SO OFTEN MAY BE ONCE EVERY TWO OR THREE WEEKS. When your baby is only having breast milk and no other food or fluid this is absolutely nothing to worry about." -- Baby Love, Robin Barker (commonly known as the baby bible in Australia.)



Just make sure you're keeping your fluids up too.



It is normal for a breast fed baby to only poo once in

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The poop sounds like normal breastmilk poop. Everything seems right. Some babies just don't poop very often, because breastmilk doesn't produce much waste. As long as she seems happy and isn't straining with pooping, and is gaining weight normally, don't worry about it. My firstborn pooped all the time, and my second-born pooped maybe 1-2x a week, and they were both normal. :-)

Elizabeth - posted on 01/02/2010

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My 2nd baby would go for a few days without pooing. It's perfectly normal in a breastfed baby. You're doing all the right things so relax and enjoy your baby. They're not babies for long so savour every moment without worry x

Jessica Ann - posted on 01/01/2010

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You said seed like so I am assuming you breastfeed, right? It's perfectly normal. Babies really only need to go #2 once a week. As long as he is not straining and in pain he's Okay and not uncomfortable. Since you already have another I'm sure you know that the best (more poopey) is yet to come. You can try doing the bicycling his legs or massaging his tummy. I've also heard that you can put soapy water in an aspirator and squeeze it in his little butt and that works too but if he's not in pain I would enjoy him smelling like a sweet baby. Prune juice, that's what we give the elderly at nursing homes, I forgot about that. Good Luck!!

Lori - posted on 01/01/2010

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Our son was the same. We took him to the dr. only to be told it was normal for some babies to not go as often. Our Dr. told us it upsets us more than it did our child, but if we could give him a bit of white grape juice mixed with water. He would always go after drinking about 2oz. I now see that our dr. was right, it was just a phase he went through with his digestive track maturing. He out grew it. Its just hard as a parent because when your child is ill, one of the first things they ask "how many dirty diapers", so you look forward to the mess as a sign that everything is ok!

Gwen - posted on 12/31/2009

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according to the world authority on breastfeeding, la leche league, that is totally normal for a b/f baby. however, my chiropractor and i would disagree. even though she is not constipated, it cannot be healthy to have all that poop in there so long. i would take her to a good chiropractor regularly. it helped all my 7 kids.

Tammy - posted on 12/14/2009

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It may depend on if bub is bf or formula fed. I know when my son was that age (exclusively bf) he would usually go every 11 days. I wouldn't worry about it if she is happy and not in pain. However you could try cycling her legs like a bicycle, i've heard that works.

Ronda - posted on 01/04/2010

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i had the same problem with my daughter. the doc told us that however much or little each baby goes is normal for them because all babies are different. unless she went a lot before and suddenly stopped then thats something to keep an eye on. otherwise whats been going on for a while is normal. newborn babies do not need to poop everyday! no need to worry!

Emma - posted on 01/03/2010

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You say she is breastfed, so it is perfectly normal that your newborn is not pooping everyday. My 5 month old boy only had bowel movements once every 10-14 days. This is because there is not much waste leftover from breastmilk for babies to have to pass through their body - it is all good stuff for them to keep in their bodies to grow and develop. Do not give your baby anything to force a bowel movement, its not good for them. If your baby does not have a bowel movement for more than 2 weeks, then it could be constipation, and a bit of brown sugar with water given in a bottle should get her bowels moving by the next day.

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Hey- I'm a breast feeding mother too. I know it's already been said, but it is really normal that your newborn does not poo every day, or every second day. Healthy breastfed babies do not get constipated (I was sick as one stage and was extremely dehydrated, therefore my bub became dehydrated too- the only time she was constipated.)



"Breastfed babies generally poo many times a day in the first 6 weeks of their lives. This gradually decreases in the second 6 weeks until some only do a big poo every so often. EVERY SO OFTEN MAY BE ONCE EVERY TWO OR THREE WEEKS. When your baby is only having breast milk and no other food or fluid this is absolutely nothing to worry about." -- Baby Love, Robin Barker (commonly known as the baby bible in Australia.)



Just make sure you're keeping your fluids up too.



It is normal for a breast fed baby to only poo once in

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