Could my breastfed baby be constipated?

Lesley - posted on 02/28/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My baby is 12 weeks old, and in the past 4 days has only had 2 bowel movements. Last night he cried and cried for 3-4 hours and I ended up putting him in bed with me.

I recently started taking Fenugreek to increase my milk supply, could that affect him in any way?

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Jenna - posted on 02/28/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



His belly probably didnt agree with the Fenugreek. Try expressing milk between feeds this will increase your supply.  He may well be constipated if this is not his normal bowel movement. Give him some Warm boiled water about an hour before his feeds to relax his muscles. Put cream on his bottom so he does not get nappy rash when he does poo. Try vaseline.






Rub his belly and give him a warm bath, this should help.






His bowel movements will return to normal soon.






btw. has his feeding patern changed?






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It is not recommended to give a baby water until 6-8 months. Water fills their belly with empty calories not leaving room for the nutrients( i.e. breastmilk) My EBF son's bowel habits started changed at about 10 weeks and this is normal for them to not BM as much as they did as newborns. His bowel habits change was very abrupt.  He went from voiding 2-4x a day to once every 2-5 days.He has gone 7 days without BM and when he has gone, it's perfectly normal. A truly constipated BM would almost be hard making it difficult to pass. My son was in the 90th percentile  for weight as well. But he has since slowed since becoming more active.



Bicycle legs and tummy massages are good. As long as his stomach isn't hard and distended and he only has breastmilk I wouldn't be that concerned. Crying could be gas, teething or just waiting too long for bedtime (overtiredness) as I have found the case. If you are still concerned  take your son to a doctor or public health nurse.

Alissa - posted on 02/28/2009

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My daughter is still entirely breastfed at six months and has gone a total of 14 days w/o a BM. She didn't seem fussy at all during this time...my Pediatrician says some babies just absorb all the nutrients in breastmilk and don't go very often.

Jennifer - posted on 02/28/2009

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I was told by my pediatrician that some babies at 12 to 14 weeks old, when they are breastfeed will start to only have a bm every 2-3 sometimes every 4 days. It all depends on the baby. My baby goes every other day now that he is over the 3 month mark. Also try drinking more water to increase your milk production.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 02/28/2009

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Breast-fed babies who are not on solids rarely ever get truly constipated.  I have been told by my daughters doctor and lactation consultant that sometimes they are just obsorbing everything in your milk and there is no leftover waste.  A breast-fed baby can go 14 days without pooping.  My daughter who is 5 months old and not on solids has gone 7 days.  If he pushes and turns red then he may be one of the few that is truly constipated but around 3 months infants usually stop pooping as often.  It's completely normal for him to have 1 bowl movement every day or every-other day.   As for the crying that is most likely caused by the Fenugreek if that is the only change in your diet.  If he still cries a few days after you stop that then you should look at dairy, beans etc. to see if he has a food sensitivity.  Good luck!

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Amanda - posted on 01/06/2016

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Fenugreek is good for bowel movement instead of producing gas and constipation. Newborns little tummies can get affected by anything due to their new digestive system. I'll suggest baby magic tea to all moms with constipated babies.

Bethany - posted on 02/28/2009

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My baby girl will often go three weeks without a BM. She is 9 months old this week and was exclusively breast fed for the first six months. It's was around 6-10 weeks that she just stopped pooping. She's totally fine, she does actually get constipated, (rock hard, dry, grunting), but I just up her prunes and fiber and she gets back on track. Still, only going maybe once every two weeks. As long as it's soft, no matter how long it's been, they should be fine.

Betsy - posted on 02/28/2009

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Both my babies transitioned into having one bowel movement about every 8 days.  Totally freaked me out, but then realized its kind of nice! Dr. said its normal, just as the comments above said.

Lesley - posted on 02/28/2009

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well, he seems to be better today still no bowel movement yet though. I had tried pumping between feedings to increase for 2 weeks but wasn't having any luck. Finally the fenugreek increased it, I'd hate to have to stop taking it. I'M TIRED OF PUMPING!! LOL

Tegan - posted on 02/28/2009

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My 4 month old son just went from Monday to Friday with no BM. This was a first for him. I was a little concerned but had read that sometimes BF babies absord all the nutrients from your milk and have nothing left to get rid of. It also said not to worry unless their stool is hard. As long as it is still soft and doesn't seem to be causing a lot of discomfort, I wouldn't worry.



But be ready for a blowout! LOL

Michelle - posted on 02/28/2009

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His belly probably didnt agree with the Fenugreek. Try expressing milk between feeds this will increase your supply.  He may well be constipated if this is not his normal bowel movement. Give him some Warm boiled water about an hour before his feeds to relax his muscles. Put cream on his bottom so he does not get nappy rash when he does poo. Try vaseline.



Rub his belly and give him a warm bath, this should help.



His bowel movements will return to normal soon.



btw. has his feeding patern changed?



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