Not pooping!

Cbriesemaster2012 - posted on 10/03/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My one month old has been very crabby the past two days & has not pooped in almost 3 days. Any way to get him to poop??

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Cbriesemaster2012 - posted on 10/16/2012

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Thanks you guys. He still seems to be a little constipated He's gone poop about 3 times since then. Ive been using gripe water and it seems to help a little bit. I got an appointment soon and I'll check then to see what's going on.

Sally - posted on 10/05/2012

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Just keep nursing on demand. It's not uncommon for breastmilk babies to only poop every few days. Their food is so nutritious that there just isn't enough waste to make a poop that often. He only needs help pooping if the poops he has are hard and he has to strain to get them out.

Becca - posted on 10/05/2012

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If you feel he needs to go but can't you can take a bar of soap( something mild and unscented, like ivory) and use a knife to cut it down so it looks like I pencil ( don't make it too sharp or too blunt. Just slightly rounded tip) wet it and stick it in his bottom. Just hold it there for a few minutes, if he is constipated this will help things slide right out. This is safe and effective. I have used this with both my girls. I also would give a bottle of formula when my youngest would not go for a few days. One bottle that's not breastmilk won't hurt. And tends to move through them quicker.

User - posted on 10/03/2012

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Totally normal! My daughter went 10 days once! A breast fed baby will not get constipated. They may end up with some room-clearing gas a few days without, but it is nothing to worry about. Apparently the large intestine is very efficient in absorbing all needed nutrients, and breast milk is so clean and nutrient rich that there is no waste!

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It's normal for a breastfed baby to go a few days without having a bowel movement. I noticed a change in my sons pattern when he was about 2 or 3 months. I really freaked out and called all the breastfeeding helplines and spent nights doing research. I came across one article that mentioned it had something to do with a lack of DHA. I figured I would increase my intake on DHA and see if that made a difference. I wanted to go the natural route because I wasn't comfortable giving my baby a laxative. I began eating more Tuna Fish, but not too much. I also went to my local Target and picked up a pack of nutritional drinks which contained 24 vitamins and 320mg of DHA. I noticed that when my DHA intake is consistent, my son doesn't go past one day of not pooping. I could be wrong but it works for me, I think. I'll see if I can find the article and post it. Good luck!

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