Re: Can EBF babes get constipated?
Constipation is almost unheard of in a breastfed baby. It's not uncommon in formula-fed ones, though, which is why so many people are inclined to suggest it as a possibility. They're so used to the elimination patterns of formula babies that they assume constipation is the norm.
After 6 weeks, breastfed babies may poop as much as several times a day or as little as once a week. Some will even go 2 weeks between poops. You should not suspect constipation in a breastfed baby unless:
- it has been MORE than a week since baby's last poop and
- the baby seems to be in discomfort (straining to poop, turning red, crying), and
- when the poop does emerge, it is hard, dry, and pellet-like
What you describe doesn't sound like constipation. But it could be that your baby is still on a learning curve when it comes to pooping, and getting a poop out in an efficient and timely manner! What worked for my kids when they were having trouble getting a poop out was a warm bath. Something about that combination of upright position and warm water really got things moving. Of course, I ended up scrubbing the tub more than I wanted to...
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