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    Hello - I have a 15 day old baby girl (my second) and am giving a go to breastfeeding again (was not so successful with #1). She is wetting enough diapers and certainly nursing enough and is gaining weight. She has not, however, pooped on her own since her first day. She has pooped on day 5, 8, 9, and 14 all with the help of either a doctor's pinky or a suppository. My pediatrician seems concerned and of course we are too but we had the same issue with DD#1 (e.g. suppositories at the beginning) and she eventually 'went' on her own. DD#2 was born right at the start of 39 weeks. Just curious if this is the experience of other moms. Her stools are not hard by the way - meconium-like up until day 8 but yellowish green brown for the last 2 bowel movements (and a lot on this last one). We have visited a specialist who says a baby can go 10 days without a bowel movement and be breastfed and it can still be normal. I am exclusively breastfeeding and have given 1/2 an ounce of water to push things along (via a syringe) but that did not make her 'go'. Thanks in advance for your advice!

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    May 2006

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    Welcome and congratulations on the new baby and on making breastfeeding work for 15 days! If you can go that long youcalmot certainly meet all your goals for nursing this baby.

    Infrequent stooping in a breastfed baby is very normal, since breastmilk digests very completely, leaving little waste. It is, however, very unusual for a breastfed baby to start going more than a day between poops at less than 6 weeks of age. As long as your baby is producing the right number of wet diapers and gaining weight appropriately, you can be sure that her milk intake is good. But I think it makes sense to keep talking to the docs about the potential causes of infrequent pooping in a newborn. Did anyone mention the possibility of Hirschsprung's disease (a nerve disorder of the gut which prevents the colon from relaxing at appropriate intervals)?

    One thing you don't have to worry about is water. Breastfed babies don't need it- in fact, it's dangerous to give it to them in more than tiny amounts because it can throw off their electrolyte balance and make them very sick. Breastmilk alone should be sufficient to get your baby's gut moving- breastmilk actually has a mild laxative effect.

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    Mar 2006

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    My second baby did that. He passed the meconim, and that was that. He didn't go for like 2 weeks between stools for some months. I brought it up to our ped, and she shrugged. He was not ill, he was growing like a bad weed, and we watched. While there are some causes of infrequent defecation in newborns that are problems, it is also possible that is is just how things are OK, just unusual.
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    Apr 2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Did anyone mention the possibility of Hirschsprung's disease (a nerve disorder of the gut which prevents the colon from relaxing at appropriate intervals)?
    I was also thinking this as a possibility. You might want to ask your doctor if only to rule it out. I think it's more common in boys, and also more common in babies with certain genetic disorders, so probably your baby is fine. But you want to make sure just to ease your mind.

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    Thanks everyone for your posts. I have been referred to a specialist specifically for Hirshsprung but he has taken a 'wait and see' approach as the intestinal biopsy is somewhat of an undertaking and he is more of the mind that this infrequent pooping is just DD's 'normal' - which we hope as well.

    I am glad I found this supportive forum!

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    Dec 2011
    Sonoma, CA

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    I was concerned too when my DD didn't have a BM for about a week. I kept reading all the research about how many wet/soiled diapers newborns should have, but it seems the literature stops telling you what to expect (or what else to expect!) after the first couple of weeks. The LC at my hospital was the first one to tell me that this was normal, that BF babies could have a BM with every feeding, or they could go 2 weeks without one, since BM is absorbed so well by the body with few byproducts. I think it's good that you're looking into other answers though - you can never be too certain! Good luck to you

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