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Breastfeed newborn doesn't poop much

post #1 of 6
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My son is not quite two weeks old. He has a decent latch, nurses often and is definitely drinking. I'm tandem nursing, and think my supply is good. Baby is quite content, and was back to his birth weight plus an ounce at 1 week old. The only worry is that he does't poop anywhere near as often as he is 'supposed' to. He does wet his diapers, though. Right now he's pooping 1-2 times a day, sometimes every other day. My midwife was a bit concerned, but given all the other positive signs, said we'd continue to monitor his weight gain and go by that for now.

I guess I'm just wondering if anyone else has a baby who does't fill his pants very often. Would you be worried, in spite of everything else looking positive?
post #2 of 6
That actually sounds pretty typical of a breastfed baby to me. My son has always been a once or twice a day tops guy too. Does your baby show any signs of constipation when he does go?

Generally speaking if your baby has a minimum of 6 wet diapers a day, is gaining normally, and not showing symptoms of constipation, however much he poops is totally normal. I'm actually a little confused as to why your midwife is so concerned.
post #3 of 6
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I know that in slightly older breastfeed babies, it's normal not to poop often. DS1 was only a once a day pooper, too. But I thought in the first couple of weeks, they were expected to poop more frequently. This is what I've read from La Leche League, and on Jack Newman's website.

He doesn't show signs of constipation. When he does poop, they're normal. Was your son like that from the start, or do you recall him going more often in the beginning?

Edited to fix autocorrect.
Edited by BushMama83 - 10/26/13 at 10:28am
post #4 of 6
You're right, he is a little young and I didn't consider that. As far as I remember my son got to his once or twice a day status at around yours sons age. Prior to two weeks there was the meconium thing, and then he was on a medication that made him go constantly, but I remember around the time he came home at two weeks it drastically decreased.

I just can't imagine what could be wrong with it if everything else checks out. There were a couple of times in the first weeks with my son when he actually was constipated and I didn't realize it. What I've always done when I suspect constipation in a small baby is just rub their tummies clockwise and then gentle press their knees up into their tummy. That seems to help them quite a bit. But if you're certain he's not constipated at all I honestly wouldn't worry. You'd know if it were something serious like a blockage.
post #5 of 6
Here you go, from babycenter:

"David Geller, pediatrician
A newborn can have as many as eight to ten bowel movements a day, but as long as she is having at least one, she's probably all right.
One day without a bowel movement is usually no cause for concern. As long as your baby is feeding well and wetting her diaper five or six times a day, then she's most likely getting enough to eat. If she starts to become uncomfortable or has a persistently swollen abdomen, then she may need some help with pooping, and you should speak to your pediatrician about how to facilitate this."
post #6 of 6

We pretty much had it drilled in our heads during LC training that at least 2-3 decent sized poops a day for newborns (the first 4 weeks) was necessary to tell that the baby is getting enough hindmilk. Lack of poop may be due to not enough hindmilk.


I honestly would see a Private Practice IBCLC and have her do a few pre and post feed weighs. Urine output is OK for older babies, who can go a few days without stooling and then have a huge blow out, but newborns really should be having 2-3 or more stools a day of at least the size of the palm of your hand.


The hardest part about tandem nursing is making sure the newborn gets both enough foremilk (high in lactose for brain growth and antibodies) and hindmilk (high in fat for growth and satiation.


Your baby may well just be a reluctant pooper. Or, if his one or two poops a day are really huge (like blow out diaper huge) he may be of course, getting enough of everything he needs. Does he stain the diaper with most feedings? How big are the poops?


I'd advice a visit from an IBCLC who will do pre and post feed weighs and will check his mouth and the latch, just to be on the safe side. It's easier to deal with any problems now than to try to play catch up later.

Edited by MaggieLC - 10/26/13 at 10:55am
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