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    Default Hard poop... What does that indicate?

    My baby just had a hard bowel movement. What does this mean? We introduced sweet potatoes 3 days ago and have had them every night since. Reaction to them or just plain old constipation? Thanks!
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    Default Re: Hard poop... What does that indicate?

    hard like rabbit poop?
    or just big?
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    Default Re: Hard poop... What does that indicate?

    If it's hard pellet-like then it is definitely constipation. The softer the better, but I wouldn't let it worry you too much as he is pooping


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    Default Re: Hard poop... What does that indicate?

    Well, it was hard and was painful during the passing of. It was bigger than rabbit pellets though. Maybe the size of a silver dollar, bc it was flattened some. Should I give the sweet potatoes a break?

    Thanks!
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    Default Re: Hard poop... What does that indicate?

    Sounds like classic constipation, which is so common when babies start solids. Continue to nurse as frequently as you did before introducing sweet potatoes or any other solid food. A good rule of thumb I've learned here on this forum is to nurse and then feed within an hour. Babies still have bm as their primary source of nurishment for some time. Since solids are, well, solid, they will change the consistency of her poop.

    Once this 4 day waiting period is over with the sweet potatoes, I'd try pears. If those go well-no allergy-you may want to consider having those as part of her daily intake, or at least regular, as it may help keep her regular. They help keep baby's poop soft. I've read that peaches are good for this too.
    **Margaret**(the artist formerly known as mommamags) Mom to red- and curly-headed, blue-eyed, chunky-thighed Michael Thomas, 24 May 2007, 9 lb/22 in. As an infant, he was my little suckling pig. Now he's a total ham!!!

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    Default Re: Hard poop... What does that indicate?

    Hannah gets much firmer poops when she has eaten sweet potatoes too, though they do not constipate her. I have started to really water them down (I make her sweet potatoes myself) and give them to her less frequently, and it make the poops a softer.

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