Posted by: Wendy | 2004/11/25


Constipation in breastfeeding baby

My 4 1/2 month old baby is exclusively breastfed. Recently he has been passing stools only every 10 days, but this time it is 14 days since he passed a stool. His stools are runny, not dry. I am worried because it seems to be a very long time between dirty nappies, but all my references say that constipation is rare in a breastfed baby. I have given him some Rooibos/pear juice to try to help things along, but without results.

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Breast fed babies may sometimes pass stool infrequently. The most important thing is that your baby thrives, that he is not uncomfortable and that his stools are soft and passed easily.

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Posted by: Nuffing | 2004/11/26


If his poo is runny and it passes easilly then he is fine.
Breast milk is so ideal that most of it gets absorbed leaving very little behind as poo.

My son started going about 10 days between poos when he was 3-4 months old, but was showing some discomfort in passing a motion and had a lot of gas. I very carefully iserted a vaseline lubricated earbud a couple of millimeters into his anus. A few minutes later he passed a LARGE stool.

He was fine after that, but still didn't need to poo all that often, until he started eating. He is now nearly 5 and goes at least once per day.

So if he is exclusively breastfed, and is gaining weight as he should, and passes his stools with ease when he does so, I'd say he is just fine.

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