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my breastfed baby is 5.5months and only has bowel movment every 5-6 days! adult content

my breastfed baby is 5.5months and only has bowel movement every 5-6 days! Anyone else out there with the same issue?

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Asked by babyphillips210 at 6:55 PM on Aug. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I would see a Dr. for sure. Baby is young enough that arent you still taking her in regularly for check ups anyways? Just mention it next time. You never know when it is from dehydration or malnutrition or something serious. Why take a chance?

    Answer by amber710 at 6:57 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • It is normal for the bowel movements of a breastfed to decrease in frequency when the colostrum, which has laxative properties, is completely gone from the mother's milk after about six weeks of age. 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. When bowel movements are less frequent, they should be more profuse in volume. As long as the baby is gaining well, wetting sufficiently, and is happy and content there is no cause to be alarmed by infrequent bowel movements, and it is not necessary to give the baby a laxative, fruit juice, or any other "helpers." In fact, attempting to force bowel movements can have harmful consequences to your baby.
    Baby can get constipated with solids.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 6:57 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • other than the lack of poo... is she healthy? is she active & thriving? is there anything else about her thats going on that concerns you & her health?
    If everything is normal with your baby dont stress.. it is normal for babies to have less bowel movements when they are breastfed..

    formula has alot of waste in it.. alot of stuff that does not get used. so formula babies have alot more poopies (and stinkier too!)
    breastmilk is 100% nutrition!! the baby can use 100% of breastmilk. therefor much less waste & much less poopie diapers.

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 6:59 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • A friend of mine was just talking about this very thing. She had called her Dr because her 3 month old was only pooping every 5 days or so, the Dr said it was very normal for breastfed babies. Something along the lines of breast milk being so absolutely complete that there really is never anything left over for the baby to get rid of, if that make sense:)


    Answer by shanlaree at 7:02 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • That is completely normal for a breastfed baby. Mine both went through stages when they would only go once a week, but when they did it was huge. As long as baby is wetting enough and gaining weight you will be fine.

    Answer by Carajust at 7:03 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • the dr. always told me when you're breast feeding it's actually normal for them to go a week between poops. it's not the pooping that is important, just the peeing. if she is wetting 5 or so diapers a day she's good.

    Answer by princessbeth79 at 7:36 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • Perfectly normal!

    Answer by Christina807 at 8:33 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • I concur. Quite normal. We called this phenomenon "poo bombs". It was like playing a game of wonderball or hot potato :)

    Answer by amileegirl at 9:42 PM on Aug. 9, 2010

  • My pedi said that is fine. As long as your baby isn't trying to go and having a hard time, anything over a week SEE a DR

    Answer by sweetbeb05 at 5:34 PM on Aug. 10, 2010

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