Posted by: tweety | 2007/03/22


breastfed no bowel movement for 4 days

my daughter is six weeks old and has not passed a stool in 4 days is there anyhing i can give her and is this normal in breastfed infants?

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This is not normal and she is constipated. Use a single infant glycerine suppository and gently rub a cotton wool ear bud which has been dipped in a little vaseline round her anus.If the problem persists please see your paediatrician.

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Posted by: Purple | 2007/03/22

At around 6 weeks a breastfed baby's poo patterns change. Prior to 6 weeks, if the baby doesn't do between 2 and 5 poos a day it can a sign of not enough milk.

After 6 weeks though, baby will poo anywhere between once in seven days and seven times in one day.
If the baby is constipated the poo will be in little balls. Straining when passing a stool is quite normal and doesn't indicate constipation.

Exclusively breastfed babies don't get constipated as breastmilk has a laxative effect. If you give any formula or solids though - constipation becomes a risk.

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Posted by: S | 2007/03/22

Hi Tweety
It is perfectly normal. It is usually around the age of 5 to 6 weeks that a baby's bowel habits may begin to change. Prior to that time, we like to see a breastfed baby stooling at least twice a day. This is one factor that lets us know that he is getting the amount of milk he needs for good growth. After 5 or 6 weeksof age breastfed babies often transition to less frequent, but more abundant stooling. For this age group we like to see regular, substantial bowel movements. Healthy, and happy breastfed babies sometimes only have a bowel movement every 10 days or so.
If your baby is growing well and does not have signs of constipation, such as dry and hard to pass stools and/or a distended (and uncomfortable) belly, I would not worry about his infrequent stooling pattern. It is also quite common for babies to be restless while sleeping.

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Posted by: Natasja | 2007/03/22

Go to the docter as soon as you can.Shame she must feel terrible,he will give you something. If i don`t pass a stool for 4 days,i feel like going mad,i`m bloated and feel terrible.How must your baby feel and she`s only 6 weeks old!!!

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