my breastfed baby has only pooped one time in 7 days, help??

Amy - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 8 week old has only has one bowel movement in 7 days. He is breastfed only. He usually will go a day or so but never this long. I have tried massage, execise, and eating extra veggies. Nothing seems to help.

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My baby had the same thing start around this age... when she finally went poop she really went - so watch out!!! Have a few changes of clothes available just in case.

Jessica - posted on 09/21/2009

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Hi, my daughter's pediatrician gave her a "baby enema" around the same age when she didn't poop for 3 days. She advised us that this is normal because their digestive system is so new. She also told us: "If [baby] has no bowel movement for 3 days and fussy can use rectal thermometer to stimulate the anus" or give a baby enema. I would just bring her back in so her doctor can give her another baby enema. I hope your baby is feeling better.

Lana - posted on 09/21/2009

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my daughter regularly went two weeks between poos, or should I say monster blow-outs! I worried at first, especially because my dimwitted family doc told me to give her formula to get her pooping....thank god I didn't listen! I think there was something about it in the nursing mother's companion or the sears books...but never fear, the long wait is normal.....normal normal normal. Please don't give the poor child any queer additives like sugar water!

Sylvia - posted on 09/21/2009

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As long as the poop still looks normal (soft, kind of mustardy-coloured and seedy-looking), and you're seeing the usual number of wet diapers, etc., there's probably nothing wrong. My daughter often went a long time between poops in her pre-solid-food days -- a week wasn't at all unusual. At this age constipation is judged by the quality of the poop, not its frequency :)

Ashley - posted on 09/20/2009

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With my first born(and somewhat with my 2nd), I kept track of wet/poopy diapers. When my son was about 2 months old, he didn't have a BM in a week. I, of course, panicked and called his pediatrician. The doc said it's normal for breastfed babies to go a week without a BM. He said I could stick a thermometer in his butt and if that didn't help, an infant suppository. The thermometer trick never worked, but the suppository always did. Everything was OK with my son, just one of those things I guess and just like that, he was back to his old schedule.

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Christiane - posted on 09/22/2009

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Hi Amy, try adding a tsp. of honey or dark karo syrup to 2 oz. of his water. My 6-week old son didn't poop for 3 days. Checked with his pedia and gave that advice. Followed it immediately and the 4th day was a success! Hope this formula will help your little one

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it's best to check with your doc but, my baby did the same thing and her doc said it is completely normal. your baby is just using up all the milk he is drinking at this time.

Linda - posted on 09/21/2009

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My little one was like this until we started solid foods - one bowel movement/week. Breast feed with formula supplements. DR said it was normal since she was getting most of her nourishment from breast milk. Lots of wet diapers....

LeAnne - posted on 09/21/2009

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My public health nurse said that for exclusively breastfed babies, it is normal for them not to poop for up to a week. breastmilk is easily digested so the baby will never get constipated on it. it is absolutley normal so don't worry. but if you want better advice then ask your doctor

Stephanie - posted on 09/21/2009

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My son was the same way! My pediatrician told me that as long as he was soaking his diapers and passing gas (NO PROBLEMS THERE!) then there was nothing to worry about. He was like that all the way up until we started solids. Be thankful! Once the food starts, those are things of the past!! Good luck!

Elis - posted on 09/20/2009

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Its absolutely normal! Don't stress about it. As long as he has wet diapers it's ok. I used to worry about my baby, now 8 months, but I heard over and over again, it is absolutely normal for breastfed babies to go days without going #2. But, do talk to your pediatrician if it makes you feel better.

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Hi, this is totally normal. My son would go 2 weeks without a poop, them blam he'd fill a diaper with one little fart. I never worried about it because he wasn't in pain. Just think of the money you're saving (or laundry if your CDing). As long as there are at least 6 wet diapers a day, don't worry. Breastmilk is the perfect food, so very little goes to waste. No waste=no poop.

Alishia - posted on 09/20/2009

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Its perfectly normal for babies to go a week without pooping when they are breastfed. I also was concerned and called my pediatrician he said his daughter was the same way @ that age. She had 5 poops in one month... As long as your baby isnt uncomfortable or really fussy because of it you dont need to worry. Your baby will let you know if their bothered. But if your still worried i am sure ur doctor would reassure you that its fine.

Lucy - posted on 09/17/2009

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My son was breastfed and once went two weeks without a poo! it was horrible and he strained when he went, which was not nice. Went to see a specialist who couldn't find anything wrong. Only once he started eating solid food at about 6 months did he become more regular. He's perfectly healthy but at the time it was really upsetting. I do think it's one of those things and since he is now 'normal' I am glad we didn't put him through any unnecessary procedures. He always had wet nappies and breastfed a lot so those were both good signs.

Amanda - posted on 09/17/2009

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As long as he isnt in pain he should be fine. Like other mothers said Breastmilk is easy to use, and some lucky children use it 100% up, when they do this they have no waste "poop", therefore can go days without a poop happily, but watch out the day he does poop there might be a lot of it LOL! My daugther use to go every 3 days and on day 3 it was 3 poops. Shes even OCD with her bowel movements lol.

Cherie - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi hun, my little one went through this as well although it was only about 3 days that she had no movement. i took her to the pead and he said i must increase her fluid intake. the told me to make hydrate water, which is 1l of boiled water with 6tsp sugar and 1tsp of salt. they gave this to her when she was under the lights for jaundice at the hospital as well. it helped her. i breastfeed exclusively untill 3 weeks ago. if this does not help, take her to the doctor.

Emma - posted on 09/17/2009

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Always best to get it checked by your doctor.
However my little boy (10 months, BF only until6 months) suddenly stopped pooing every day at around 7 wks, he would go a week to 10 days without a motion( always seemed to go on a Tuesday?) we had him checked several times, they couldn't find anything wrong and we were sent home and told to just wait (less waste from breastmilk, still plenty of wet nappies etc) the only things we found that helped was cooled boiled water about 4oz(still warm) in a bottle, he wouldn't always take it and it didn't always help but it was the only advice the could give us.
I also tried rapidly increasing my fruit intake as the natural sugars can pass through into the milk and act as a gentle laxative.( i'd eat 6/7 pieces for lunch,only did this when he got nearer 10 tens days and my nerves were fraying) again sometimes worked.
Ultimately if theres nothing physically wrong and wet nappies are ok theres no need to panic(easier said than done) he will poo when he needs to and it is very common in BF babies to not go often, so you don;t need to do anything, but if you feel the need i hope one of my suggestions helps

Zoe - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi Amy, it's better if you ask your pedia about it. But what I know is as long as your baby has wet diapers its ok. Breastmilk is easily digested and most of it is absorbed by the body. And check when he finally poops, if its soft, he is not constipated. Then again better ask your pedia. :)

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