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    Unhappy oh, poop!

    My son is seven months old and he started solids last month. So far he has eaten rice cereal, bananas, green beans, sweet potatos, and pears. Before he started solids he didn't poop often, about twice per week and it slowed down when he started solids. Now he is completely constipated. It's not even it's normal consistancy, it's like rocks, I feel so bad for him he strains and strains and nothing comes out. I quit giving him bananas because I heard they could constipate him and I quit giving him cereal because he doesn't like it made with water and I hate to pump all the time to make cereal. What is the recomendation for a constipated baby who recently started solids? Pretty much all he does eat now is sweet potatos, green beans, and pears. Are anything of those known to cause constipation? Could it be an allergic reaction of some kind? He also is still breastfeeding his normal amount. Please help!

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    Default Re: oh, poop!

    It sounds like you are concerned that your baby is constipated because of starting solids...seems to me like you are right on track. Even though it is recommended for babies to start solids between 4-6 mo. (by most peds) 6-7 mo. is still very young to be eating a lot of solids. Neither of my babies ate much until at least 9 mo. Cutting out bananas and cereal will help a lot. Babies really don't need the cereal anyway. Your breast milk is a complete food and solids at this stage are for experimentation, not really for nutritional value. You may want to back off on solids completely and just nurse until he is pooping regularly again. Then you can keep trying soft veggies (like squash and sweet potato) and some fruits (pears and prunes are great). You can also try a little whole milk plain yogurt - or make your own oatmeal and puree it and add a little of your breast milk. Let us know if these things help!

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    Default Re: oh, poop!

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*eelme.eelme1 View Post
    It sounds like you are concerned that your baby is constipated because of starting solids...seems to me like you are right on track. Even though it is recommended for babies to start solids between 4-6 mo. (by most peds) 6-7 mo. is still very young to be eating a lot of solids. Neither of my babies ate much until at least 9 mo. Cutting out bananas and cereal will help a lot. Babies really don't need the cereal anyway. Your breast milk is a complete food and solids at this stage are for experimentation, not really for nutritional value. You may want to back off on solids completely and just nurse until he is pooping regularly again. Then you can keep trying soft veggies (like squash and sweet potato) and some fruits (pears and prunes are great). You can also try a little whole milk plain yogurt - or make your own oatmeal and puree it and add a little of your breast milk. Let us know if these things help!
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    Default Re: oh, poop!

    Thank you so much for the advice, it sounds like a great idea and we're going to give it a try.

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    DD has poopy issues sometimes, too. I usually don't give her rice cereal on a daily basis. Only about 3x a week. Also, I try to alternate prunes and pears for a fruit every other day. If you think about it, when you get the stomach virus the doc usually says "eat the BRAT diet" to help w/ loose stools. BRAT being Banannas, Rice, Apples and Toast. Well, I've noticed w/ DD if I give too much rice or apples (we have a bannana allergy so we don't eat these) that she tends to get stopped up. Alternating the prunes/pears every other day seems to keep things moving a lot better down there and we have a lot less "little hard ball" poops.
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    Default Re: oh, poop!

    When Abby got really constipated at about that age I stopped solids and nursed until she got regular again. It took about 3-4 days. Now I make sure she gets prunes often and because she's older she also gets beans which help a lot. I never give her cereal, she refuses to eat it and rice cereal is especially constipating. I also do sweet potatoes in moderation b/c they seem to constipate her too.Constipation sucks! I hope your LO is feeling better.
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