Hi ladies, I am new here but didn't know where else to turn. I have a 6 week old son that is exclusively breastfed and today we were having issues.
As of today he had not had a bowel movement in 4 days which I understand is completely normal. He was also straining to pass gas, which I know is also common. What concerned me was that he would scream out and cry hysterically for quite a while after attempting to have a BM. I called the doctor and the nurse told me that if his fussiness and lack of BM continued for another day or two to give him either a suppository or baby Apple juice. Well, all day today I massaged his tummy, bicycled his legs, gave him a warm bath, and tried to stimulate his rectum to assist him in passing a stool. None of those worked and tonight he became absolutely inconsolable and cried for over two hours hysterically. I called my mom, and in a panic allowed her to give him a suppository. He went almost instantly. It was a thick, sludge-like consistency and smelled "off" - not rotten, but not normal either. He stopped crying shortly afterward and only started fussing if he was passing more stool.
I am now concerned that we didn't do the right thing and he wasn't truly constipated. What do you think? What would cause a breast fed baby to become constipated? I am also concerned that I may have robbed him of nutrients. Would he eventually have passed the thick stool? Have any of you had similar experiences? Sorry, I am a worrying first time mom.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.