Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Johann | 2012-07-09


Constipation 3week old baby

Hi Doc,
Our three week old baby girl we think suffers from constipation. She has not had a stool in three days. She is on a mix of breast and S26 Gold, because mom does not have enough milk, but is persevering. We have tried brown sugar and water, but has not worked. A glycerine suppository gave relief once off and is blocked again. We scared to use continuously.
Please could you offer us alternative advise

Expert's Reply



Your baby is constipated due to being on the S26 Gold formula.This formula must be stopped immediately. Your wife should try to breast feed your baby exclusively,or failing that she should start your baby on Lactogen1 as a supplement.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

user comments


Posted by: Racoon | 2012-07-16

Please post a question for Purple - she is a breastfeeging guru. I also breastfed 3 sons, so heres mu 10c worth. Basically, breastmilk supply will match demand. So the more and longer the baby suckles the more milk mom will make. It is extremely rare that the mom will not have enough breast milk for her baby. Prof is right - S26 is notorious for causing constipation. Rather try the Lactogen 1, but only in baby is really hungry after feeding. Best then is for your wife to keep on expressing (does she have a breast pump?) for another 10 minutes after baby has finished nursing to up the supply. It should only take a day or 2 for the breast milk to be adequate so that you can stop giving formula. Motivate you wife to perservere! also, she should weekly attend a local breast feeding clinic which will help tremendously with strategy - baby gets weighed to see if weight gain is sufficient (which means baby is getting enough milk). If there is a question about supply, then baby will be wieghed before a feed, then be given a feed, and weighed afterwards which will give the approx volume milk consumed, Please hang in with the breast feeding! it si word the effort. By 6 weeks things will be super easy and smooth.

Reply to Racoon

Want to comment?

Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.
Thanks for commenting! Your comment will appear on the site shortly.