So I've always been told that breastfed babies cannot get constipated??? Fact or myth? Advice..?

Crystal - posted on 08/25/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son is 3 m. now and lately he's been less regular(it used to b 3-4 diryt diapers a day, its been 2 days now), and it really seems to b soo painful(he cries I cry:(). Anything I should or shouldn't b eating? I've read in books that pedalling their legs and being upright can help but to no avail. Any advice??

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Aarin - posted on 08/25/2009

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I've heard it's normal for breastfed babies to go up to 10 days without a bowel movement. My daughter used to have several a day, but lately usually only has one a week. (She's almost 4 months). She does seem to get more gassy toward the end of the week until she has her bowel movement. I've also read that this is normal.

Rebecca - posted on 08/25/2009

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As others mentioned it is totally normal for an EBF baby to go 7-10 days without a BM after 6 weeks of age. At around 6 weeks of age there is no more collostrum in your milk (which is the laxative property of BM) as well breastmilk is mostly absorbed so there is hardly any waste, added with an immature bowel it can take a baby days to have a BM. Constipation is only diagnosed when babys stool is hard and small ( like a rabbits poop) Straining and turning red is very normal as baby strains hard anytime gas, or stool touches babys rectum. Its a reflex that they have. You can use a wipe and wipe their anus and this could stimulate the bowel to contract and baby may have a BM.

Tiera - posted on 08/27/2009

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My babies got to where they only pooped once a week or less, but they were never constipated, just didn't have much waste from drinking breastmilk. Could your baby possibly just have gas? I've also read in a book somewhere that sometimes babies have belly aches just because they digestive system is just still immature. And as they grow and develop more, the issues resolves itself.

Marjorie - posted on 08/26/2009

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Myth - I had a friend who's little boy popped every three days. It was like clockwork but a strange clock. She did have him on lactulose for a bit but in the end they just worked with his rhythm. And there were some hysterical pooping adventures that we are saving up to tell him about on his 18th birthday!

Randi - posted on 08/25/2009

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How is YOUR diet? I would try a higher fibre diet and start avoiding things like dairy. Breastfed babies can go up to 14 days without it being an issue AS LONG AS they don't seem to be in pain. My son would go days, my daughter several times a day LOL

So again, try an elimination diet and see if that helps. Avoid anything that would make you gassy (that is more than likely what it is) and see if that helps. As long as his poop is not dry and hard, he is probably ok. Talk to your doctor about infant probiotic drops. They are an excellent alternative to gas drops because they are natural beneficial bacteria which help mature an immature gut. After about a week you will notice a big improvement!
Good luck : )

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Donisha - posted on 02/10/2014

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My baby is 1 month old. And is ebf, and poops everytime she eats. Every 2-3 hours. At least the size of 4 quarters n a circle. Sometimes much more. But def everytime

Geneva - posted on 08/26/2009

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my son only had bm's 1-3 times per week at that age (until we added more solids to his diet), but he always seemed so miserable whenever he so much as farted (which he did a lot!) I think it's normal - it isn't impossible, but it is HIGHLY unlikely for an exclusively bf'd baby to be constipated. so long as when he does go, it is "normal" looking, I wouldn't worry!

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Alot of BF babies can go days without pooping. my daughter didn't go for atleast a week. my son is a pooping machine and usually goes atleast once a day (when he was EBF the longest was 2 days.)

Shavon - posted on 08/26/2009

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i know that u can eat alot of fruit and vegetables and drink alot of water and real fruit juices like apple juice cranberry juice..... because it might be a nutrition that hes not getting from you to help pass his bowels through more easily.... but i hope he feels better

Jillian - posted on 08/25/2009

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from the time my daughter was 8 or 9 weeks until she started cereal at 3 1/2 months she only had a BM once every five days, this really scared me when it first happened and i thought she was constipated as well, i called the doc, but the message system was messed up or something so after two days of waiting and trying to get a hold of someone, we made a panicked trip to the er, only to be told that there was absolutely nothing wrong. they told me just as rebecca said that breastmilk is really the perfect food for baby and they can use up every bit of it and have no waste to get rid of. they also told me as long as she was passing gas regularly, her tummy was not hard and she did not show any signs of dehydration that this was most likely the problem

Elizabeth - posted on 08/25/2009

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our little one is breast-fed but sometimes pooping makes her cry. i think it's the effort/sensation, and sometimes she will strain. if she's not hungry, i slip my little finger (with the pad of my finger curled upwards to the roof of her mouth so my fingernail can't hurt her), as sucking definitely seems to help her move gas and poop through her system.

Stina - posted on 08/25/2009

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Some BF babies do go several days between BM. I have not been so blessed :-) Since he is 3 m, and only getting Breast milk, it's likely that you've just been blessed with less frequent poopy diapers- not that he is constipated.



A constipated babies poop looks like little rabbit pellets. I didn't have a problem with this till my kids were well past a year in age and eating solids. Too much cheese in their case was the problem. But that's for toddlers.



To help with gas and working stool out, I bicycle my 4 mo legs and find that she likes to be sitting upright and leaning forward to help her poop. I also find that if I carry her with one leg raised, it really helps her work things out.

Jill - posted on 08/25/2009

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Straining and gas are common, and unfortunately the crying that goes with it is too. Some vegetables that are known to cause gas in babies are cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and radishes. Also, sometimes high acid foods (tomatoes, citrus fruit, strawberries) in your diet can upset your babies stomach. Try to avoid these things as much as possible.

Crystal - posted on 08/25/2009

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I forgot to mention that he strains hard and has lots of gas, but then cries as if in pain...? I myself have never had problems with getting enuf fiber, even when prego, but could it be the fact that I'm eating more fresh veggies? Do they cause gas? What r probiotic drops? and no he isn't on any solids or cereals yet.

Jill - posted on 08/25/2009

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The reason breast fed babies can go so long without pooping is that your breast milk has very little that the baby doesn't use, therefore little waste. If you're really concerned, you can give your babe a tablespoon of corn syrup in a bottle of milk because this is a highly effective laxative. As the other women have stated though, there isn't a need to worry unless he's truely constipated.

Rebekah - posted on 08/25/2009

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It's typical for breastfed babies to skip a few days without a dirty diaper. My son went almost a week and his pediatrician told me unless he has hard, dry, stool then he's not constipated. I think as long as you haven't introduced solids or cereal he's most likely NOT constipated.

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