newborn constipation

Laura - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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my 3 week old son is bottlefed and seems to have trouble having bowel movements... the dr said that once i stopped trying to breastfeed and switched to formula that it is normal to have some constipation... he grunts a lot and doesn't seem to be uncomfortable, but he doesn't usually have more than one bowel movement a day... is this something that i should be concerned with? any suggestions on ways to possibly get him to be more regular? ** he's on soy formula that is iron fortified.

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Laura - posted on 02/26/2009

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i did not start this conversation to hear how you think i should be feeding my baby... yes, everyone is aware that breastfeeding better for babies, however, there have been many advancements to formula that gives babies the nutrition that they need... he was breastfed for the first two weeks, not that that is any of your business, but he wasn't digesting and gaining wait like he was supposed to... he had no desire to breastfeed and i was getting drained trying to get him to eat... like i said, i did not start this to hear your opinion about breastfeeding, i am well aware how biased it is towards mothers who bottlefeed... i was more interested in suggestions on my sons constipation... if you don't have any suggestions in relation to that, just keep your opinions to yourself... i have no desire to hear yet one more person preach about breastfeeding... it didn't work for us... get over it.

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Quoting Amanda:

Why aren't you breastfeeding? Breast milk is a lot easier on the babies system, its not only good for your baby but there are benefits for you too. Rule of thumb a baby should have as many poopy and wet diapers for as many weeks they are old. A baby can technically go three day without having a bowel movement before you should start to be concerned about constipation. He is also on soy which is technically a veggie like beans beans make you constipated. If you can breastfeed you won't really have to worry about stuff like this.



i get so fustrated with peopel telling us bottle feeding moms that breast feeding is sooo much better. i just wanted to inform you not all mothers can breastfeed and not all babies want to be breastfed. it makes me sooo mad when peopel are telling me to breastfeed because if they can do it so could i.  sorry for venting but i just got so ticked when i read this "you wouldnt have to worry about stuff like this" well i cant brestfed what would you like me to give to my baby? plus some formula is very close to breastmilk!



and i asked my doctor about pooping he said it is perfectly normal for my daughter to only poop once a week! BUT every baby is differnt.

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Amie - posted on 01/30/2012

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I totally agree. It is very annoying to be told I should be breast feeding..well news flash I was not able to breast feed. I will not go into details, I shouldnt have to. I just think breast fed mothers should keep thier opinions to themselves.. Congrats that you are breastfeeding, but we are not doing anything wrong by bottle feeding.

Amie - posted on 01/30/2012

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I totally agree. It is very annoying to be told I should be breast feeding..well news flash I was not able to breast feed. I will not go into details, I shouldnt have to. I just think breast fed mothers should keep thier opinions to themselves.. Congrats that you are breastfeeding, but we are not doing anything wrong by bottle feeding.

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter when she was that age (she is three months now). I asked the pediatrician what we should do...She suggested that we DONT switch formulas...just add an ounce of pear juice to her bottle. She didn't like the taste of it with formula, so we gave her some straight..and it worked. (the pediatrician said the next step would be prune juice..pear juice isn't quite as harsh). Personally, I wouldn't go with the brown sugar/corn syrup..the sugar could make it worse...

Jessica - posted on 02/26/2009

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It is not necessarily safe to give all babies water, especially if they are under the age of 6 months. Babies can develop water toxicity, which can lead to a number of health concerns. Going from breastfeeding to soy formula can definately affect your baby's bowel movements. Have you tried a milk-based formula? All babies should be on an iron-fortified formula unless they have a medical condition.

Toni - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Amie:

Laura,
I wouldn't worry about it too much. If he isn't uncomfortable and is just grunting a lot he's just having a hard time. My BF babies did the same thing. They had more than one bowel movement a day but that's also normal for BF babies. Bottle fed babies poop less.

Also, ladies no matter your own personal opinions leave Laura alone. She's just looking for advice. Comments like.. if you BF you wouldn't have these problems... well you don't know that! I BF my 3 babies and had problems like this with them! and even if she can BF and chooses not to it's her choice. She's the mom. Formula now a days is sometimes better for babies anyway and is as close as we're probably ever going to get to real breast milk. I'm pregnant with my 4th and this one is going to be bottle fed after a month. Does that make me a bad mom too?


Hold on...who has said any one is a bad mom? This is what I mean about being too sensitive about bf.....jeez.!



The OP said that his poop changed going from BF to bottle, this is how we came to the conclusion that if she returned to BF it would solve the problem. She asked for advice and that's what she got. If she's concerned with her child being constipated go back to BF if she can. It's not rocket surgery. I have no idea as to why she stopped BF because she didn't say. If I had known it was because it wasn't working out or she didn't like it etc etc. then I wouldn't suggest BF at all, obviously.

Toni - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Laura:



i did not start this conversation to hear how you think i should be feeding my baby... yes, everyone is aware that breastfeeding better for babies, however, there have been many advancements to formula that gives babies the nutrition that they need... he was breastfed for the first two weeks, not that that is any of your business, but he wasn't digesting and gaining wait like he was supposed to... he had no desire to breastfeed and i was getting drained trying to get him to eat... like i said, i did not start this to hear your opinion about breastfeeding, i am well aware how biased it is towards mothers who bottlefeed... i was more interested in suggestions on my sons constipation... if you don't have any suggestions in relation to that, just keep your opinions to yourself... i have no desire to hear yet one more person preach about breastfeeding... it didn't work for us... get over it.





I'm sorry if you're offended by what I wrote, that wasn't my intention..



I never said anything about how you should be feeding your baby and I have already made a comment re: your babies constipation earlier in the thread.



My comment was to Christen who was annoyed because someone had mentioned that BF was best for a baby.....well it is as you have just agreed, so why are some mums so sensitive when it's mentioned? Nature will always be better (unless there are complications) than man made. That doesn't mean anyone is pointing a finger or judging you for not bf....at least I'm not.



As for wanting suggestions in relation to your sons constipation BF is a relevant issue as you have changed from BF to bottle. It was common sense to suggest you move back to BF to solve the problem as you hadn't mentioned any problems with BF, so we were unaware that you had any.

Melanie - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Laura:

newborn constipation

my 3 week old son is bottlefed and seems to have trouble having bowel movements... the dr said that once i stopped trying to breastfeed and switched to formula that it is normal to have some constipation... he grunts a lot and doesn't seem to be uncomfortable, but he doesn't usually have more than one bowel movement a day... is this something that i should be concerned with? any suggestions on ways to possibly get him to be more regular? ** he's on soy formula that is iron fortified.



I had the same problem with my son. That soy with Iron constipated my son too. I took him off it and put him on Prosobee. I think you have to get a doctors perscription to put him on it. To get it on wic. Its about 24.00 a can. But that soy stuff is a no no. My baby was poopin out golfballs when he did go. And screamed bloody murder.

Amie - posted on 02/26/2009

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Laura,
I wouldn't worry about it too much. If he isn't uncomfortable and is just grunting a lot he's just having a hard time. My BF babies did the same thing. They had more than one bowel movement a day but that's also normal for BF babies. Bottle fed babies poop less.

Also, ladies no matter your own personal opinions leave Laura alone. She's just looking for advice. Comments like.. if you BF you wouldn't have these problems... well you don't know that! I BF my 3 babies and had problems like this with them! and even if she can BF and chooses not to it's her choice. She's the mom. Formula now a days is sometimes better for babies anyway and is as close as we're probably ever going to get to real breast milk. I'm pregnant with my 4th and this one is going to be bottle fed after a month. Does that make me a bad mom too?

Toni - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Christen:



Quoting Amanda:

Why aren't you breastfeeding? Breast milk is a lot easier on the babies system, its not only good for your baby but there are benefits for you too. Rule of thumb a baby should have as many poopy and wet diapers for as many weeks they are old. A baby can technically go three day without having a bowel movement before you should start to be concerned about constipation. He is also on soy which is technically a veggie like beans beans make you constipated. If you can breastfeed you won't really have to worry about stuff like this.






i get so fustrated with peopel telling us bottle feeding moms that breast feeding is sooo much better. i just wanted to inform you not all mothers can breastfeed and not all babies want to be breastfed. it makes me sooo mad when peopel are telling me to breastfeed because if they can do it so could i.  sorry for venting but i just got so ticked when i read this "you wouldnt have to worry about stuff like this" well i cant brestfed what would you like me to give to my baby? plus some formula is very close to breastmilk!






and i asked my doctor about pooping he said it is perfectly normal for my daughter to only poop once a week! BUT every baby is differnt.





Well was she telling a lie?  If you can BF that is the best for your baby. Obviously not all mothers can BF and I don't think the posters comments were aimed at those mothers. The OP mentions that she did BF and then changed to bottle. The poster was right therefore when she said that if the baby had remained on breast milk the mother wouldn't be having this problem. Of course if the mother is having a problem with BF, that would be different too. But on the whole the poster was right, BF is the best way to feed your baby, that doesn't mean that you should feel guilty if you can't. I'm sure that isn't what she meant.



I think you're a little over sensitive to this particular posters comments as she wasn't referring to all mothers who bottle feed but to the mother who started this thread. Maybe the mother has her reasons for not continuing with BF, who knows! But the fact still remains that bf is best for the baby.

Karen - posted on 02/26/2009

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First of all, we need to know if your baby is having problems with constipation or is it just that he is only going once a day? It is perfectly normal for him to have less bowel movements on formula but if the stool is very firm and he is having trouble getting it out then I would try a little light corn syrup in one bottle a day or the prune juice is good too but it does tend to make them a little gassy. Just because he is grunting does not mean he is constipated....babies sometimes make it sound like it is a lot harder than it actually is. They do have to learn how to push a little, and rubbing their tummy or using a piece of suppository like Amber suggested will work wonders. Sometimes just touching their little bum will even work! Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Quoting Amanda:

Why aren't you breastfeeding? Breast milk is a lot easier on the babies system, its not only good for your baby but there are benefits for you too. Rule of thumb a baby should have as many poopy and wet diapers for as many weeks they are old. A baby can technically go three day without having a bowel movement before you should start to be concerned about constipation. He is also on soy which is technically a veggie like beans beans make you constipated. If you can breastfeed you won't really have to worry about stuff like this.






i get so fustrated with peopel telling us bottle feeding moms that breast feeding is sooo much better. i just wanted to inform you not all mothers can breastfeed and not all babies want to be breastfed. it makes me sooo mad when peopel are telling me to breastfeed because if they can do it so could i.  sorry for venting but i just got so ticked when i read this "you wouldnt have to worry about stuff like this" well i cant brestfed what would you like me to give to my baby? plus some formula is very close to breastmilk!






and i asked my doctor about pooping he said it is perfectly normal for my daughter to only poop once a week! BUT every baby is differnt.





I got a little ticked when i read this one too! I have four kids and only 2 of them were breastfed it just didn't work out with the other 2. As long as your feeding your kid.

Tara - posted on 02/26/2009

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You could also add a little prune juice to his milk-it doesn't look pretty but it can be helpful.

Jillian - posted on 02/26/2009

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We had lots of problems with both of our twins. (They were about 5 weeks old when it started) We used suppositories at first but found that it was just a quick fix so we started using a bit of corn syrup every second bottle and it helped. Our girls would be in pain and we felt so bad for them. I was unable to breast feed so we had no choice but to bottle feed. We couldn't use the soy formula so we used the lactose-free. I would be careful if you use the brown sugar or corn syrup when being on soy formula. Soy formulas contain sugar so you might want to talk to your doctor first. Good luck.

Michele - posted on 02/26/2009

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When I stopped breastfeeding my son, I put my him on Nestle Good Start formula and he never had a problem pooping.  And yes formula fed babies have less poops than breastfed babies.  As long as he is not in pain don't worry to much.  I worried too, because when you breastfeed they poop a lot more. 

Amber - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi Laura! Both of my children had some constipation when they switched to formula from breast milk. Its natural that they "poop" less, sometimes 2-3 days without discomfort. By the time the second day was done if they hadn't pooped I tried the tip of a glycerine supp. Just worked the tip so it was soft and the edges wouldnt cut, and lubricated it with vaseline, then put just the tip (1/3) in their bums. The feeling would make them push and they would go. No discomfort. I wasn't one to give sugar, just not my thing. Good luck!

Lynne - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi Laura my son has soya milk and i had the same problem i gave him plenty of cooled boiled water between feeds this helped a little because the formula is a powder sometimes the right concentration of liquid is slightly out good luck and congratulations

Toni - posted on 02/26/2009

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If your baby isn't crying and is just 'grunting' during his BM then I don't think that there's a problem. So long as he is regular (every day) and not crying in pain, then I wouldn't change a thing.



My daughter never had more than one BM a day either, but when she went....boy, look out!!!!

Victoria - posted on 02/26/2009

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I would switch the formula. The same happened with my little boys, we went through 4 different formulas before we found one that worked for him

Desiree - posted on 02/26/2009

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Tummy massage,watered down prune juice or cold boiled water was all I used for my 4. All babies should be offered water through out the day especially in the warmer months.Adding sugar to bottles can start a whole different problem later down the track with tooth decay

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Maybe try something with lower iron? The brown sugar and water works or watered down prune juice. What works really well is if you boil some prunes and give the juice from that. watered down. Thats what I do!!

Dallas - posted on 02/25/2009

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I would try changing formula, he may have a allergy to the formula you are feeding. My daughter had to be on hypoallergenic formula for the first 4 months and she was constipated until we discovered her allergy.

Juanitta - posted on 02/25/2009

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if your switching formulas like going from one brand to another that will do it too. u more less want to stick to one brand only thats what happened to my son as well. but we went sometimes to powder to liquid and didnt help any. so that might be the case and cornsyrup does help or sugar u wont need much.

Emily - posted on 02/25/2009

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well my daughter had tons of problems pooping the docs werent doing anything for me so i heard that putting alittle dark karo syup in there bottle does the trick some people told me that there doc told them not to do it but i gave it to her until she was 1 years old and she was regulated she would at least poop once or twice a day.

Amanda - posted on 02/25/2009

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Why aren't you breastfeeding? Breast milk is a lot easier on the babies system, its not only good for your baby but there are benefits for you too. Rule of thumb a baby should have as many poopy and wet diapers for as many weeks they are old. A baby can technically go three day without having a bowel movement before you should start to be concerned about constipation. He is also on soy which is technically a veggie like beans beans make you constipated. If you can breastfeed you won't really have to worry about stuff like this.

Kathy - posted on 02/25/2009

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If he's not fussy don't worry about it. Bottle babies on formula with iron poop less. Otherwise use the corn syrup.

Michelle - posted on 02/25/2009

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Laura- I feel your pain. All of my children were constipated but my son who is my 3rd child was the worst. He to was on soy milk. We used baby suppositories. (recommended by our dr.) We cut them in 4th. He was really hard to do at first but in the end it gets easier. Also if you massage their stomachs that helps. A massage therapist or maybe even your dr. could show you how to do this to stimulate bowel movement or help relieve gas. I hope this helps.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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try 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar or corn syrup in his bottle and gradually wean him of once he starts pooping more. Worked for my 5 kids.

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