How can i help my 3 month old daughter poop on her own?

Jenifer - posted on 02/10/2012 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been having issues pooping on her own the doctor has had me do a tbsp of karo syrup in two oz of breast milk. They had me try a half oz of apple juice with a half oz of water. They eventually had me do a suppository and she still isnt going on her own. I have change my diet as well increased my fiber eating more fruit and veggies and still nothing i have even tried a tiny bit of prune juice diluted with water and nothing seems to help her :( any ideas?

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Kate CP - posted on 02/10/2012

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Breastfed babies often will go a few days without pooping. If her stools are smeary and orange she's NOT constipated but she may be gassy. Stop trying to get her to poop-it's making it worse. Give her some Gripe water or Mylicon or another type of infant gas drops. Lay her face down across your lap (supporting her head gently) and bounce her gently with your legs while patting her back. Give her warm baths and try some infant massage.



Feed her on demand (which may be quite often at three months) and don't worry about making her poop. She sounds just fine, if a little gassy.

Kate CP - posted on 02/12/2012

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No, attempting to help her poop could make the gas worse. It can also cause dependency on laxatives. My daughter has that problem now. She would hold her BMs for days, up to a week, and cause an impaction. Now she's caused nerve damage to her colon and rectum and she can't tell when she really needs to poop.



Jenifer, no matter what I think your daughter should see a pediatric GI. If it's reflux they'll be able to help. If it's a physiological issues, they'll be able to help. If it's NOTHING then they'll put your mind at ease. Talk to WIC and your regular pediatrician for a referral and be adamant about it. Don't take no for an answer!



The thing about breast milk and nursing is that you will NEVER be able to express or pump as much milk as your baby can get when she nurses. A little baby is a much more efficient sucker than any pump. I know my son is getting plenty of breast milk when I nurse him; but when I pump I would only get 2oz total. I would recommend you see if there is a local La Leche League (LLLI) group near you and attend a few meetings and talk to other moms who have kids your daughter's age.



It sounds like you're one smart cookie and you're doing everything you can for your baby. Keep up the good work, Mom, and I hope things get better for you and baby soon. :)

Kate CP - posted on 02/10/2012

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When she DOES poop, what does it look like? Is it like rabbit pellets (small and hard and dry) or is it smeary and mustard-looking?

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Emily - posted on 02/13/2012

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I agree that it sounds like reflux. Same things my son started doing when he developed reflux. And definatly stop trying to "make" her poop. Both my kids would go 2-3 weeks between poops, but when they did...Huge blowouts!!!!! :)

Leslie - posted on 02/12/2012

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I guess what we're trying to ask is, how long will you let her go before she poops on her own? Seven days? Ten? Breastmilk is the perfect food, and for some babies, almost all of it absorbed, meaning they don't poop often at all. My pediatrician told me not to worry unless it was longer than two weeks.



But whatever the case may be, getting the right doctor makes a world of difference. One who actually has experience working with these kinds of problems.

Kate CP - posted on 02/12/2012

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That's why I'm saying you should talk to a pediatric GI. Sounds like something is going on and the best person to help you out will be a specialist.

Jenifer - posted on 02/12/2012

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I really dont think its gas when she has gas the gas drops help her this is something totally else and what concerns me is the fact that everyone says its normal for her to not go weekly. She is not going at all i dont think you guys understand that. I do not use laxitives on her. But ill figure it out. Thanks for the advice

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2012

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I agree with the others, but also check to see if her stomach is hard. My sister-in-law had the same issues as a baby, and while your child is definitely not constipated (and helping her poop will not make it worse), with her she ended up having some disconnect in the sensory nerves between the rectum and brain, resulting in her holding in her BM causing backup and masses that needed medical care to relieve.



I know it's scary (we went through it too), but keep doing what you're doing and you will get through it. We found Mylicon, as well as supplementing with the enfamil genlease formula to be the biggest helps. Good luck!

Jenifer - posted on 02/11/2012

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Thats the problem she isnt pooping at all on her own wont go every four days wont go once a week she isnt going. I am not producing to much it doesnt squirt i only get about an oz out of each breast when i pump so i know thats not the issue. She has a fine latch but she does have issues burping she pukes alot and i often dont hear it sometimes its like a wet burb. I really think its reflux because she wants to eat but she doesnt like being on her side she likes to be sitting more upright. She arches her back when she gets uncomfortable and pulls off. The lady at wic says she is showing the signs of it and has sent a letter to her doctors to check it out. I didnt know that about the karo syrup so thank you because her doctor recomended that i do one tbsp in two oz of breast milk once a day and i did that but it was helping so i stopped. Now that i know that deffinatly wont ever do it again. I have also cut out dairy and i do stay away from soy so not sure what is causing it. But i am deffinately leaning towards reflux because she shows all the signs everyone has described. Her four month apt. is coming up so ill will talk to her doctor about it. I am just concerned that its not healthy for her to not poop at all i would be fine if it was once a week or every few days but she isnt really going at all. Hopefully it will improve soon.

Leslie - posted on 02/11/2012

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I'd guess gas, and not constipation as well. Her stool sounds perfectly normal for a breastfed baby, so unless she's straining when she poops, she's not constipated.



Have you seen a lactation consultant? How's her latch? How's your supply? When she pulls off, do you spray her in the face with milk? It's possible that you might have overactive letdown. If she gets a breastmilk bath every time she tries to nurse, let her get the milk flowing, and then hold a towel (or a bottle) over your breast until you stop spraying.



You can also try an elimination diet, which removes not only dairy, but soy as well. Allergens can create a lot of gas. Reflux is possible, but you'd see other signs for that--frequent spit up, or silent vomit, inability to burp, etc.



Don't add a laxative unless it's recommended by a pediatric GI, and stay away from the Karo syrup--it can harbor botulism spores, which is nearly always fatal in young infants.

Amanda - posted on 02/11/2012

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I agree 100% with Kate, I would also suggest you remove milk from your diet if you havent already. It will take a week to two weeks before you notice a difference with your child if its a milk issue.

Jenifer - posted on 02/11/2012

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Thank you melissa maybe it is acid reflux i have it to. She will latch on eat a tiny bit and pull away arching her back and fussing she trys to go back like she still is hungry but to uncomfortable to eat. I wasnt planning on doing any laxitives unless the doctor said to.The only concern i have about her pooping is that she will go way longer than ten days if i dont help her. I dont feel like that is healthy for her. I know she isnt constipated because her stomache isnt hard or bloated and like i said its not hard little balls when she goes. I guess this is my first child and i feel like im doing something wrong. Not eating right or something thats why i increased my fiber and started eating more veggies and fruits. Her four month appointment is coming up so i will ask her docotor if it could be reflux thats causing this because i want to keep breastfeeding but i have to keep using my stored milk because she doesnt stay latched long enough to eat enough. I can tell she is uncomfortable and not full because when i give her a bottle and sit her more upright she stops fussin and is fine. Thanks ladies for the advice :)

Melissa - posted on 02/11/2012

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I agree with all of Kate's posts. I have had three children and only one was geniunely constipated because he was on soy formula and we did add karo syrup to fix the problem. My other two were solely breastfed and would sometimes go a week without pooping. It is completely normal. How do you know she is uncomfortable? What signs is she exhibiting? It could be something else completely causing discomfort. My kids had acid reflux even though none were huge pukers. If a baby arches when finished eating, wants to eat a lot, and is generally fussy, its something that Zantac can fix. I would see other opinions before treating constipation. If the poop comes out smeary and orange, she is absolutely fine...its normal poop. Some babies have a tight anal sphincter that a pinky finger can fix, but I would NEVER do that...I would ask the pediatrician to check it out. Also, NEVER give a baby a laxative...horrible advice, don't do it.

Kate CP - posted on 02/11/2012

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Unless a pediatric gastroenterologist recommends adding miralax to her diet I would NOT give her a laxative. She is NOT constipated and adding laxatives to her diet could exacerbate her problem. Find a specialist and have her examined by some one who specializes in infant gastric functions.

Latonja - posted on 02/11/2012

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some doctor may add miralax as a substitute. it works well if u follow directions. im a baby nurse and have seen it a lot in my field, as early as two weeks

Kate CP - posted on 02/10/2012

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I would suggest taking her to a GI specialist and seeing if it's some sort of physical dysfunction in her bowel or colon.

Jenifer - posted on 02/10/2012

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Thats the thing she farts alot but she isnt going by herself at all she has gone over nine days without pooping and thats when i give her a suppositorie. I have tried the gas drops the gripe water putting her on my lap burping her more often. I feel like i have litterally tried everything everyone has suggested. I just wish i could help her but i dont know what to do.

Kim - posted on 02/10/2012

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I was worried because my daughter wouldn't go often at that age either but my doctor said unless it goes past 10 days they don't worry. I agree with Kate's suggestions. You could also try and move her legs like she is riding a bike. That helped my daughter get her gas bubbles out and get everything moving.

Jenifer - posted on 02/10/2012

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It is smeary and orange. But she is so uncomfortable all she does is fuss because of it.

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