I've managed to stick with BF and have introduced solids to my LO when he turned 6 months. Now he's 7 months, but we're having issues with his bowel movements -- essentially, they are too infrequent! It's making me wonder if perhaps I started solids too fast.
Before I started solids, he would go once every week or week and half. I was not concerned as I've read that EBF babies can go a while without pooping. When I first started, the stools got thicker, think peanut butter, but not formed. Then, he went 1.5 weeks without a bowel movement -- he started 'fudging' in the mornings and by the end of the 2nd week, finally had a HUGE poop! The poop was poop shaped but still soft -- like clay.
After that huge poop, he went 12 days without pooping (or fudging) and started getting fussy overall (esp. before farting). I got quite concerned and saw the doctor on the 12th day. Doctor listened and felt his stomach/abdomen but everything seemed normal. Suggested stimulating his anus or using a glycerin suppository. The stimulation did not work, but the suppository did after 2 hours. Again, the poop was poop shaped but still soft.
So, I'm not sure what to do now --- it doesn't seem like he's constipated (??) but it's sooo infrequent!
I dont feed him rice or other constipating/processed food; he gets avocados, yams, egg yolks, meat, fruit (raspberries, cherries, mangos, pears, prunes, etc.), sometimes bits of our dinner (pasta, etc). He doesnt get it pureed either - i hold the pieces and let him chew off bits, or give to him on a spoon, or let him feed himself.
The only thing I dont really do is give him liquids because I thought that breast milk is sufficient enough. The doctor told me that I need to start giving him some water or diluted juice so I will start trying that.
Could the lack of extra liquids be the problem, or am I going to fast with him? Does anyone else encounter the same issue with their child?