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How many BMs should my 6 week old have?

My daughter is 6 1/2 weeks old and is exclusively breastfed..... Everything I read said a breastfed baby at 6 wks can go days without a BM.... but my daughter still has about 6-8 loose BMs a day... Is this normal?


Asked by marchma2b at 7:47 PM on May. 1, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Yep, normal! Some really good info on what is normal for EBF babies at every age on the La Leche League website at

    After 6 weeks: "A baby this age may continue to have bowel movements as frequently as five times a day, sometimes even after every nursing. It is also normal for a breastfed baby older than six weeks to have only one bowel movement every few days. Some healthy babies will have only one bowel movement a week. "


    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 10:27 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • I wouldn't worry about it unless she's getting dehydrated, or a diaper rash because of it, but if you are concerned, try changing your diet a little. Eat less things that would make you poop, (I don't know your diet, but if you eat prunes, apple juice, greasy foods...) and maybe it will effect her bowel activity.

    Answer by BisketLiss at 8:02 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • It's just as normal for them to have several small loose stools. It could be a reaction to dairy in your diet though. I would try cutting out all dairy for a few days and see if that helps. Like PP said though, if she's not dehydrated or showing any signs of discomfort than it's probably perfectly normal for her.

    Answer by Lilbeamercomin at 8:04 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • its totally normal. at first (during the first 2-3 months) breastfed babies will often poop as often as every feed. colostrum has a diuretic effect, which help expel the menocium (which can lead to jaundice if not gotten rid of quickly enough) and in some mothers milk traces are left for the first few months. as the others have said, if baby is not showing signs of dehydration-6+ wet diapers per day, fontanels are not sunken, baby is active and not distressed, everything is fine. my baby pooped every feed until 2.5 months, then switched to pooping every 10 days or so. he was completely healthy, never dehydrated or constipated, it was just the normal variation of a healthy breast fed baby's digestive output

    Answer by katiemum at 8:39 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • My first daughter was this way. My second was once a day at that age, and once a week by 4-5 months. Babies are different. Not to worry.

    Answer by EmilySusan at 8:41 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • My 6 month old son will go every few days and then my aunt's son (now 2 years old) would go straight after each nursing session! So each child is different. Nursing is one of the most natural thing you can do :) Keep going mama!

    Answer by laurenregister at 8:52 PM on May. 1, 2009

  • thanks everyone!

    Answer by marchma2b at 10:42 AM on May. 4, 2009