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Name: cgloceri
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My 5 week old has decided that he only wants to poop every 8 days.. By day 7 he is very fussy and uncomfortable in any position. In 5 weeks, we have had 3 blowouts and that is all. My doctor does not seem concerned at all, but he is not home with my poor child. I feel so bad that I am not eating correctly. He has great wet diapers, but no poop.. Help... ANY IDEAS OF SOMETHING I CAN EAT IN ORDER TO MAKE HIM GO??
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Name: mamal | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 3:03 PM
I also had the "lucky baby" as the Dr. called him. He would go once every 7 - 9 days and this lasted for awhile. The Dr. said it was because he was getting the perfect amount of breastmilk and it was being used in the right places so there was no waste. But with DS he never had any discomfort.
I would stay away from foods that stop you up, like cheese, bananas, brocolli, cauliflower, you know things that cause gas & stopage. Also to make you both regular go for pit fruits, peaches, apricots, etc as well as prunes in any form (juice or whatever). Also I have heard grapes are also on that list. Good Luck! I hope your breastfeeding is going well! 

Name: missmara | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 3:12 PM
I have also heard that apricot nectar (which would be a pit fruit) is good for babies who are constipated, so if you're nursing I imagine if you eat that it would help the baby. You can also use Mylicon or other gas drops, or a warm compress on baby's belly. 

Name: connie | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 4:34 PM
my little guy poops 2-3 times a day, I am suprised your doctor wasnt worried about that.
My guy was a premmie and they said he needed to poop at least twice a day., plus breast milk is a natural laxative so he should be pooping 

Name: mother2five | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 8:07 PM
I had this problem at first w/ mine as well, she still only poops once or twice a week and is now 4 months, my Dr. told me that it's normal for b/f babies to do this because they use everything n the milk for nutrition so no poop. I know it is scary, but a new born can go 30 days w/ no bowel movement. 

Name: cgloceri | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 8:09 PM
I agree... i think he SHOULD be pooping more, but today is day 8 and he is in a great mood, slept awesome last night and no sign of poop.. He is so content, it is confusing. At least I am saving on diapers, but it really does concern me .. Anyone else had this situation? 

Name: mamal | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 8:46 PM
I also had a baby that did that and now he is 2 and quite a pooper. : ) I was also quite worried but from what I have heard and read it is realitvely normal. As long as your child is not uncomfortable, which mine wasn't. It was just me. 


Name: mother2five | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 9:22 PM
lol, mamal how many kids do you have? just curious, you always seem to give the best b/f advice!!! 

Name: sapslucymom | Date: Apr 23rd, 2007 11:03 PM
This is very normal. I wouldn't be overly concerned. If he gets a fever or is limp and lethargic then I would get concerned. You can also use a thermomether rectally with vaseline just to stimulate him slightly also that is a great way to check fever. Just twist slightly and he will start pooting and pooping. 

Name: mamal | Date: Apr 24th, 2007 1:13 AM
Only one M25 but I am extremely anal and have read and studied everything I can get my hands on. I am very pro-breastfeeding (can you tell?) so I love to help anyone out that is having a hard time. I have been there and all anyone needs is a bit of info, some encouragement, and a big pat on the back! I also have experience as a doula and have been studing to become a lactation consultant. You also give great advice! With 5 I can only imagine all the knowledge and experience you have to share. 

Name: cgloceri | Date: Apr 24th, 2007 4:36 AM
Hi Ladies.. Evening of day 8... we got a bit fussy so we tried the rectal thermometer.. nothing even after that.. it was actually kinda cute the face he made as we approached him. Almost like he knew what we were doing. Any other thoughts? Maybe we will try it again tomorrow??? I just wish there was something we could do.. Could it be that I am pumping more than feeding off of the breast? He is still getting 100% breast milk. I am up for any suggestions. You are all GREAT! I am so glad I found this site to help me with our first.. 

Name: mother2five | Date: Apr 24th, 2007 12:58 PM
I would def. ask your health care provider before doing this but ours recomended doing a baby fleet enema, the very first time this started happening because I was so sure he was crazy and this wasn't normal at all, but I read up on it on the internet. 

Name: mother2five | Date: Apr 24th, 2007 1:01 PM
Name: mother2five Title: A few questions......mother2five

I have a few breastfeeding questions.....I have five children my youngest is 8 weeks old, I have breastfeed before but I always supplemented with formula with my other children. This time I am only nursing no formula, and I was kinda wondering how long it is before you get your period back while nursing, also when do you know to wean the baby off the breast I have a friend whom is still nursing her 15 month old and I'm not sure thats for me at all. Also my baby only poops 1 time a week and her Dr. says thats normal for breastfeed babies, it just seems unatural to me does anyone else have this problem?!?! 

Name: mother2five | Date: Apr 24th, 2007 1:10 PM
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Name: mother2five Title: A few questions......mother2five

I have a few breastfeeding questions.....I have five children my youngest is 8 weeks old, I have breastfeed before but I always supplemented with formula with my other children. This time I am only nursing no formula, and I was kinda wondering how long it is before you get your period back while nursing, also when do you know to wean the baby off the breast I have a friend whom is still nursing her 15 month old and I'm not sure thats for me at all. Also my baby only poops 1 time a week and her Dr. says thats normal for breastfeed babies, it just seems unatural to me does anyone else have this problem?!?! ?

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Name: bmes Date: 02/22/2007 11:17:36

HI....well i think for most people as long as you're breastfeeding alot of women don't get their periods back until they've totally weaned. There's no set time limit on breastfeeding. As long as you're comfortable doing it and baby is doing well with the breastfeeding then keep going. :-) I wanted to breastfeed for at least a year..but for me i'd be uncomfortable doing it any longer than that....breastfeeding a 2 year old for me personally just seemed not right. I remember when I breastfed Anika, she would poop only once every 7-10 days...she even went 2 weeks once....i thought it was not right either, but it is normal!! the most important thing to look at is how many wet diapers they're having in a day. About 6 good wet diapers is ideal. =
Name: mother2five Date: 02/22/2007 11:21:08

OH awesome bmes, it's great to know that Emilee isn't the only one doing this I talked to her Dr. and he really is a great Dr. don't get me wrong but he's in his mid 70's and I was sorta starting to think he was losing his marbles! lol =
Name: Melissa Date: 02/22/2007 17:02:03

breastfed babies can go up to 12 days without pooping before docs get concerned. with a baby as young as yours they intestines are still imiture(sp?) that is why they go longer.

i got my period back at when my son was around 9 months old. it varies for every woman. some have to totally wean before they get theirs back and some get it back right away and everything in between.

i am still nursing my 16 month old. but i know not everyone is comfy with that. the AAP suggest nursing for the 1st year. the WHO(world health org.) suggest the 1st 2 yrs. it really all depends on you. before i started nursing i never thought that i would be nursing a child this old but here i am still going strong. one thing that i love about it is he has only had 2 colds in his whole life. i will probably still pump for him when he weans though because he is allergic to cow's/goat's milk. his ped. says he might out grow it so i will keep giving my milk, until at least 3yrs old. 

Name: precioushh | Date: Apr 27th, 2007 4:56 AM
My sister was the same way when she was little. The doctor said as long as she didn't seem to have any discomfort she was fine and be happy you don't have change poopy diapers all the time. She is now 25 and perfectly fine. Breastmilk is so good for them that sometimes they are able to use everything in it. 

Name: jo | Date: Apr 28th, 2007 10:04 PM
yeah my son had this, i found eating apricots works great, its seemed a couple of hours after a milk feed he had a good clear out!! lol hes not soo bad now hes on solids, my diet wasnt that bad but i found that if i eat a few apricots evry couple of days my sons pooped normally, werid but works lol hope it helps! 

Name: Angelcecilia2 | Date: May 2nd, 2007 3:53 AM
I'm having the same issue with my 2 week old. It's been 2 days since she pooped...plenty of gas, but no poop. I mentioned it to the doc today, and my doc told me b/f babies can go a few days (only pooping 2-3x a week), but not until later on. She told me if my baby hasn't pooped by tomorrow (it'll be 3 days) I should give her an ounce of 1/2 prune juice 1/2 water. I really don't want to give her an artificial nipple yet --- I want to make sure we're established with b/f before I do that. I drank a big glass of the juice myself tonight, so I'm hoping my drinking it will help her out by tomorrow...Any ideas what else I can do? 

Name: missmara | Date: May 2nd, 2007 5:06 AM
You don't have to use a nipple. You can use a medicine dropper or a spoon. You can even use your finger to suction the juice into a straw, and then use the straw to get it in her mouth. 

Name: Angelcecilia2 | Date: May 2nd, 2007 4:07 PM
Thanks mara! I'll remember that in case I need it later...but she pooped this morning! It's amazing how relieved I am that she did....

I was also aggravated that my doc even suggested it -- she almost sounded like Sarah should have been given a bottle already so that I can be able to leave. Which I plan on doing -- I do want to be able to leave her with other people and not worry about when she needs to eat...but everything I've read says to wait at least 4 weeks before introducing any artificial nipples.. 

Name: mamal | Date: Jun 18th, 2007 11:51 AM
bump for missmara 

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