How long does it take for BM's to soften on solids?

Molly - posted on 01/20/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I could really use some help. My baby's BM's seem to be pretty firm and sometimes they seem okay and sometimes they seem really too hard and pebble like. I've gotten the typical advice from our doctor office over the phone - to only feed fruits & veggies, give 2 oz of juice a day for one week, and if we need to, move to a laxative or suppository. My babe doesn't like juice and when I've managed to get a couple ounces in her, the sugar sends her over the edge and she can't sleep. I hate juice. BUT we started solids and she got stopped up (typical) and at one point was crying while trying to poop. It's heartbreaking. I gave her prunes and those moved through fairly well and the crying stopped. My main question is, how long does it take a baby's digestive system to get the hang of this? I feel like we're always one step away from tears again. My baby was exclusively breastfed until 6 months old and for the last month we've been introducing new foods. Does each new food prolong this? I'm trying to add to her repertoire of foods but maybe each new food is giving her body more to get used to? For the past 2 weeks I haven't done any cereal and stuck only to fruits and veggies (and trying to avoid some of those that hinder BM's). I give prunes every few meals to try and keep things moving at least. I don't know why I'd want to do something to totally "flush her out" if the real solution is for her body to figure out how to process these...but how long does that take? How long do I wait this out, sticking with prunes, trying to get water in her, etc? I know she needs to eventually be able to handle balanced meals of grains and things but I feel limited in what I can give her. I'm not sure how much constipation is par for the course and how long it should last. Sorry for the length of this! Any input is greatly appreciated!

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Elfrieda - posted on 01/20/2013

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I think you just need to get a feeling for which foods cause the constipation and which ones move things along. My son is 3 and I STILL keep an eye on what he eats and if he eats a banana (it tends to stop him up) I make sure to give him a handful of raisins to counteract that.
It's more difficult of course right at the beginning, when the baby basically is just tasting everything. But I'll give you a quick list of which foods do what for my son:
Stops it up: rice, bananas, crackers, corn, cheese
Gets it moving: bran muffins, pears, raisins, oatmeal, butternut squash, porridge

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