How can I relieve constipation in a breastfed baby?


Asked by cano at 10:58 AM on Nov. 25, 2008 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • I've been breastfeeding for 5mos and I've never had a problem with constipation. Are you feeding the baby rice cereal? I heard someone mention in an early post that a suppository called butt bullet works. I'm sure your doc has plenty of remedies call them, its a simple thing to adress over the phone.

    Answer by Farrahann at 11:10 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • water, prunes/prune juice,

    Answer by Kimebs at 11:43 AM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • alot of moms think that lack of pooping is constipation.. so is your babies poops globby? or firm? if so, then that is constipation.. does your baby get enough fiber in their daily diet? my son is 4 months old, soon to be 5, and he's been on rice cereal for about a month, and just started on banana baby food, and wow, just in one day he's happier and his poops are alot better and he doesnt seem to be having trouble, also, do you give your baby any plain water? You said your baby is a year old, a bit of water goes along ways.. we give our son about an ounce a day, he's breastfed, and I changed my diet to non dairy, because he is allergic to cow proteins...

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 12:54 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • milk of magnesia is what works for me and my sons got cronic constipation just give the baby a teaspoon full and wait..its what the doc told me to do...

    Answer by connorsmom22607 at 1:39 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Make sure your baby is getting enough water. At a year old my DD was already drinking a lot of water and I know in her case if she didn't get enough water she would have very dry hard little pellet like stool and she wouldn't be a happy camper as she worked them out.


    Answer by toonew2two at 2:16 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • old folk remedies include graham crackers, molasses, and marshmallows.  My sister in law and mother in law both swear by them.


    Answer by chrissmom734 at 2:51 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • Hydration is the key! I don't know if your child is drinking any juice but I was told by my pediatrician to give Apple or Pear Juice to help. Diluted prune juice is good to but very minimal since it has a somewhat of an "explosive" result at times. Now that my son is almost 2 I feed him grapes daily to keep him on dose of Tylenol means instant constipation for him!!! Good luck...a constipated baby is absolutely no fun for either of you :(

    Answer by Christi12 at 4:21 PM on Nov. 25, 2008

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  • I usually give my son apple juice when he's constipated.

    Answer by ashuiren at 2:15 AM on Nov. 27, 2008

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