My 3 week old breastfed baby is constipated

Nikki - posted on 07/01/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Okay so initially my son had diarhea so my doctor got me to cut out all dairy to see if that was the issue, but now he is constipated . I am aware they can go days without a bowel movement but he strains and cries so hard that we have no choice but to help him , so we were told to use a qtip with vaseline , well it worked wonders and boy did he have to go.... but now thats the only way he will go its been 12 days and he still wont go on his own.... the pediatrician tells me not to worry but of course I worry, my first son was bottelfed bc i had no milk and we never had this problem so all this breastfeeding is new to me.... Any advice?


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Heather - posted on 07/22/2012




I had the same issue with my second child. Cutting out the dairy in my diet made him constipated, but he had a dairy allergy so it was necessary. I found that gripe water helped (I made a homemade version rather than having to buy it- added perk is there are no preservatives or other unknown "stuff"). If your child is very gassy, I would suggest trying a 50/50 mix of water and pear juice. Gerber brand makes a pear juice which is usually sold in the baby food section, not in the grocery juice aisle. Pear juice is a very mild laxative and isn't as likely to cause gas as apple juice. (My babies tend to be gassy so I didn't try apple juice at that young of an age, and still limit my 2 1/2 year old's apple juice intake or water it down.) I've been given conflicting advice by pediatrician's regarding constipation in breastfed babies. Some say it's not even possible and that the baby just goes longer in between bowel movements because they are absorbing most/all the nutrients and just have less waste. Others say that you can only tell if a baby is constipated by the consistency of their BM- if it is not formed and still has a runny consistency (this is talking for a very young baby not yet on solid foods), then they aren't constipated. My personal experience, having had 3 kiddos, is that if a child ACTS LIKE they are constipated, then they are- meaning, if the frequency of their bowel movements had changed from what it was previously, if they're more irritable, and/or they are tending to grunt/strain more or are just "fussy" for a long time right before filling a dirty diaper, and then they seem more calm/relaxed after, then, they are constipated. If they just seem to be going less frequently with no other symptoms, it's probably nothing to worry too much about. Use your common sense and remember that you know your baby best- it never hurts to ask around and get advice from different people because babies are different, situations are different, etc. and no single doctor knows everything!

Louise - posted on 07/03/2012




I would offer the baby some cooled boiled water in between feeds, if that does not work then give him some 100% organic apple juice watered down with cooled boiled water. This works every time. My daughter was the same as your son and the midwife told me about it. My daughter still drinks apple juice today at 3.5. She loves it and it is a mild laxative.

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