Since she is breastfeeding, I wouldn't be too concerned, as long as that's the only symptoms. If he is happy when he's not straining to pass a stool, and not hungry or tired, I'd say it's fine. I had two premmies (32 weeks) as well as 4 other babies, and straining for a bowel movement when they are newborn is pretty normal and that often means the tummy gets hard and he may spit up too. I'd say it's normal. Baby is just getting used to having to digest food and pass waste products. It should get easier for him as he matures. Encorage her to continue breastfeeeding for as long as possible. A premmie particularly really needs the extra benefits of Mommy milk!
at 11:35 PM on Jun. 1, 2011