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  1. #1
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    Default The Scoop on Poop

    My EBF almost 5 month old hasn't pooped in three days - how long till I need to worry? She doesn't seem unhappy or uncomfortable - just her normal self.

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    Default Re: The Scoop on Poop

    After 6 weeks, many exclusively breastfed babies will routinely go a week between poops. Over a week is normal for some babies. You don't have to worry about constipation unless the poop is hard, dry, and pellet-like when it emerges (think rabbit poop) and the baby is in extreme discomfort (crying, screaming, turning red while straining to poop).

    Sinc your baby seems fine, she almost certainly is fine. Just watch out for the poop when it finally arrives- you can look forward to a diaper-buster/poonami/poopsplosion.
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    Default Re: The Scoop on Poop

    Is it possible it could be hard and dry when she finally does go? I thought that EBFing meant not having to worry about constipation...

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    Default Re: The Scoop on Poop

    It's almost unheard of for and EBF baby to produce hard, dry poop. I think the chances of you seeing any are pretty much zero.
    Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
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    Default Re: The Scoop on Poop

    My daughter would routinely go 6 or 7 days between poops at that age and when she went they were MASSIVE explosive poops. The first time it happened it was really pretty shocking how much poop there was! This is totally anecdotal, but when I felt like it had been too long between poops, I would eat Indian food and she would always poop the next day after it!

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