Re: Solids and poop
Introducing solids can certainly create a need for a greater intake of fluids, as the body uses a lot of fluid throughout the digestive system to break solids down. Offering more opportunities to nurse, offering expressed breastmilk and water, as well as thinning out the purees can help add the needed extra fluid.
Anything starchy is more inclined than fruits and veggies to solidify stool, so even the sweet potatoes may be adding to the issue. I would try cutting back on those and increasing the fruits and veggies.
As for softening stool and/or making it easier to pass, I found that soaking dried apricots in water overnight and having DS drink the 'juice' worked really well. I also put a bit of diaper cream on his rectum when he has/is having a hard time passing stool, as it can help lubricate the passage and prevent fissures from developing or worsening.
Mama to Lorenzo, born 4/25/2007. NICU graduate, Gastro-Esohapgeal Reflux, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Sensory Processing Disorder...alive and thriving thanks to breastfeeding and co-sleeping.
Those who say it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it.