My 2 month old baby is on breast milk and formula how long is too long without a poop?

Kathleen - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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He was also born 2 months early, he went 7 days and the doc used a q-tip then he had one 6 days after that, is this normal? He is also not in any pain, his stomach is soft and he has no fever.

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Tammy - posted on 09/20/2009

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I went to Antenatal Class and they said that some babies can go up to 20 days without having a number 2. But being on formula should be alot less. I breastfeed and use formula and my son usually goes every 4 days or so, he is three months old. If his poos are hard try giving him water.

Nancy - posted on 09/19/2009

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It is normal for babies whether breastfed or formula fed to only have one poop a week. If they go more than a week without a poop i would call the doctor. If yout are concerned you can get gerber prune juice. I do not know why but something in prune juice makes people poop. Being a preemie I wouldnt be to concerned because his system is a little behind full term babies. Like I said earlieras long as he goes poop once a month he will be fine and you sholdnt be to concerned. Hope this helps you.

Indira - posted on 09/15/2009

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I had the same problem with my son but always seek professional help. My son would go for a week to week in half. I was told to get the Cairo syrup (however you spell it). I bought suppusotories for my 2 month old that the doctor said i can get and it helped him out within couple hours but then again it was a failure since i had to continue with it. Finally we had decided to take him of the formula he was on and put him on similac organic, which got him to gain weight and go to the bathroom very often. It was great, but you never know all babies are different. I know that helped my son out a lot but like i said talk to another doctor, ask for advice from many doctors not just one.

Jessica - posted on 09/15/2009

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I would talk to your doctor. I'm not a proffessional but only going once a week is NOT good i would say anything over 3 day would be cause for concern.

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Lacey - posted on 09/18/2009

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sounds like too much iron. Maybe try laying off the formula some. its loaded with iron. babies that small should go everyday

Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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my daughter had this same problem when she was about 3-4 months and i took her to the er and doctor over and over cuz i was so worried. I ended up taking her to a GI Specialist and they had me give her miralax every morning (1/2 tsp, and I still am and shes over a year) it works! some babies just need help going and its not good for them to go that long without going!

Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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I had the same problem.. 5 days.. even 7 days per the doc... try giving him a pepermint candy dissolved in warm water.. dissolve it in 2 oz then put 2 oz of cold water to cool it.. helped for mine

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2009

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My daughter is on breast milk I would say 98% of the time, except for the occasional bottle of formula when i am out of the house. She goes every 7-10 days. I was really concerned and call my doc and she said that as long as baby does not have a fever, stomach is still soft, not in any pain and still has wet diapers than there is nothing to be worried about. Doc said that the breast milk is easily digestible and does not have a lot of waste left over. I notice that if I give her more formula she goes more often....maybe because there is more waste left in her bowels. Hope this info helps.

Ashley - posted on 09/15/2009

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Sometimes breastfed babies only go once a week. But that seems too long to me. My son had that issue, so I used suppositories. But then again, he was in pain. If you decide to use suppositories, don't use them too much, or a baby may become reliant on them.

I would say wait no more than a week, then call his doctor. I personally couldn't wait to call, and did so after four days.

Good luck!

Jess - posted on 09/15/2009

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all i know is it can happen when formula is introduced, i had a similar problem just 2 weeks ago although not such a long time between poos. wat i did try is maybe just a little extra water to the formula as if to water it down slightly because i noticed breastmilk is quite thin in consistency whereas formula is creamier i found. i tried that and it seemed to work, maybe it will for u! now my 3 months old does his poos almost the same times everyday, like clockwork hehe!!

Amber - posted on 09/15/2009

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I was told when I started breastfeeding and formula that four days is more than fine for a baby to go without pooping. A couple of days after that and I'd start to get worried.. not that i wasn't freaking out after the 3rd day.. just remember there's going to be a hell of a clean up.. we were at a shopping centre when he finally let his go.. :( lol

User - posted on 09/15/2009

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when he has a movement what's it like? if it's dry and like pebbles it's probably constipation. If it's very soft then there's probably no problem. usually breastfed babies don't need drinks ofwater but formula fed babies benefit. Try giving some water?

Tracy - posted on 09/15/2009

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My daughter was fully breast fed and she went 8 days without pooing, i took her to the doc they said its normal as long as they arent in any pain, if ur concerned try a little watered down prune juice.

Kellie - posted on 09/15/2009

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my son was 13wks early n i was told when babby is breast feed they can go either 10 times a day or once evry ten days. if u r really worried go c ur gp. but if baby is content they fall into their own habit but takes alittle while. wat is regular for one may not b the same for another. formula can also make a baby constipated when introduced

Jodi - posted on 09/15/2009

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I know breastfed babies can go several days without a BM, my daughter is usually every 4th day with no concern from my doc. I was told 10 days was the max. I don't know about formula fed babies or formula supplemented babies though. If you're concerned you can do tummy massages, or gently take their feet in your hands and push them against the belly or do bicycle legs. It can help. But for that long, I would take him back to the doc personally. Good luck!

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