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    Default Painful bowel movement

    hi, i just need some advice. My baby is 6 weeks old. He is breastfed. He has a lot of bowel movements a day that are soft and yellow. he is not constipated. The problem is that he cries every time he passes one. I have the feeling the he is in pain. It goes away once he is done and he stops crying. Any thoughts?

    Thank you!

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    Hi there!

    My little guy is 7 weeks and has digestive issues as well. He is fussy & gassy all the time no matter what I do. He doesn't cry while he's pooping however, the time leading up to him pooping is when he's in pain. He will grunt and go red in the face.

    I'm not sure but I thought I read somewhere that if they're in pain WHILE doing a bm then there could be an intolerance or allergy to something you are eating??

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    Red face Re: Painful bowel movement

    I actually read in one of the books that I have that although a babies BM may seem painful (and may be loud and seem forceful) in reality it's not.

    It is basically that their digestive systems are not mature yet and so they grunt and make loud noises but they are not in any pain.

    Hope this helps some!

    Azjeep

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    Thank you guys. It does help to know that it happens to other people as well. I hope that he grows out of it as the time goes by. And it is good to know that he is not in as much pain as I thought.
    I have another question. I read somewhere that when babies grow they eat less. Is that true?
    My little one ate from both breast for around 20-25 minutes total. Now he only eats from one for around 10-15 min. and he is done. Is that ok?

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    Default Re: Painful bowel movement

    Most babies as they get older become more efficient nursers so that could explain the shorter nursing sessions. My DD maybe nurses for a max of 5 minutes on each side and she is done.

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    Thank you very much! That really helps. Being a first time mother makes everything seems as a huge problem and is very relaxing once I realize that what happens is normal and part of the game
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Painful bowel movement

    Quote Originally Posted by islavov View Post
    Thank you very much! That really helps. Being a first time mother makes everything seems as a huge problem and is very relaxing once I realize that what happens is normal and part of the game
    Thanks!
    I totally agree with that statement!!!
    Danielle

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    I have a question again. Seems like new things happen all the time .
    My baby eats very well. He gains weight and for the most part (excluding the crying)poops fine. Tonight when I was feeding him he was crying his little heart out. It seemed to me that he just hated my breasts. Could it be something I ate? Please help!!!

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    My daughter and I just went though something similar. She got really fussy when eating, crying when pooping, and even blood in stool sometimes. It seemed like all of a sudden everything happened. After taking her to the gastro they said it was a protein allergy. (milk protein I think). She was 9 weeks when the symptoms started. She is now 11 weeks and after seeing the specialist they put her on special formula(Similac Alimentum which is very expensive in my opinion). I was so devasted to stop breast feeding. I hope that this isnt the case with your little one. Just wanted to let you know since someone else posted about an allergy. I know I was so scared and wanted to help her and didnt know how. First they tried her on soy but that didnt work either. I am glad that I at least got to breastfeed for 10 weeks or so, but I am so sad that I cannot continue. I just keep telling myself that I am doing the best thing for HER. I did ask if I could continue breast feeding but they said I could try but eliminating the protein is quite difficult. It is more than just milk products. Anyway, good luck to you. Hopefully it is just a phase your baby is going through and nothing more.

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    My daughter ate well too, and gained well too. The pediatrician just kept saying "well, she is gaining, that is good" but I knew something was different. Crying when eating, crying when pooping, eating less. It just didnt seem like normal for her. Just like you said, it seemed like she was in pain. Everything you have said sounds similar to the situation we just had. I hope all works out for you.

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