My daughter is 4 weeks old today and the BF experience has not been going all that great. Issues abound (not latching, using nipple shield, she is painfully gassy) but she is gaining well and according to our pediatrician and public health nurses that see her - she is healthy.
My concern is that for the last week and a half she has only pooped an average of once every two days or so. And these poops are so scant - that I would hardly call them a bowel movement - especially since they come so infrequently. I long for the days that the BM is so huge that you have to change the outfit.
The issue started with the theory that she was getting to much foremilk and a yellow greenish, foamy stool all but confirmed that. I started to feed her from one side for a couple of feedings before switching sides.. and a couple of days later she had one *small* normal yellow seedy poop. Ever since then, I will see a small stain on her diaper every couple of days. My doc confirmed she wasn't constipated - but that was at the beginning of this ordeal and now a week ago. Her belly isn't overly hard and she still nurses fine (every 3 hours in the day, every 4 or 5 at night). I have to add that with the pains in her tummy she gets.. which she scrunches her legs up to her belly and sometimes toots.. but its hard to tell whether or not these are attempts to strain out a BM. But a few minutes (and toots) later all will be fine.
This just doesn't seem right to me. With my son he pooped every feeding, as did she for her first two weeks of life. Is it possible that her system is just using everything I put in to her this early on? I know that after a 4-6 weeks going days with out a poop is normal -but this started before three weeks.
I'd love to hear some advice - I am so glad there are forums like this out there.