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#1 of 7 Old 12-28-2010, 02:53 PM - Thread Starter
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I have a 2 month old DS and he is exclusively BF, but is not pooping very regular. The first month he pooped pretty regular (every day), but this month he's going as long as 7 days without having a poop. During this time he has really stinky gas and can get a little fussy with gas pain, but we can work him through it by changing his positions. I wouldn't even say the fussyness is colic, it's not that bad. Does anyone have any suggestions using natural remedies for the gas and for the pooping. The peditrician told me to give him water, but I really worry about that decreasing my milk (I DO NOT WANT TO FORMULA FEED). Could I be eating something that is causing the stinky gas? When he does poop he is not constipated, it is typical newborn orange sticky poop, not solid or formed in anyway, and he doesn't seem to strain, in fact it is usually an explosion after that many days. Any help would be appreciated.  

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It's OK, it's normal!  After 6 weeks old, it is perfectly normal for ebf babies to go 7-10 days between poops.  As long as the poop is soft when it arrives then all is good. thumb.gif


If you want to try something to help with gas fussiness, I would go with a trial of infant probiotics.

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Normal.  My LO goes everyday for awhile, then he'll go three or four days.  IMO, the gas is unrelated to his poop frequency. 


Your pedi is giving you advice for constipation, which is a problem with how hard the stool is, not how frequent.  BF babies poop less because BM is so efficient. 

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my ds went up to 14 days between poops at that age.  Enjoy it while it lasts!

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Completely normal!  My LO is 4 months and has days where he goes every day, to every 3-4, to every 7-10 days.  The only time I would be concerned is if it went past 14 days.  And he was an everyday kind of guy up until 2 months of age.  Offer smaller more snack like meals and feed him even if he doesn't ask.  Twice in one hour for 3-5 mins is not unheard of in my home.  Just watch out when it does come, it'll be EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!! And honestly I wouldn't change him the moment you hear it coming because 9/10 times there's more coming.  :)


Do not give water!  The foremilk is watery enough.  Feed often without any regard for schedules and time limits.  And have fun when it finally comes.....I've been on the receiving end of a 10 day hold on poop.....its not pretty  :)

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Normal. DS goes a week between poops and his gas frequently makes me gag.

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Thanks for all of the advice. He did finally have a good poop. I just wanted to make sure this was normal. I will definetly enjoy it while is lasts. ha ha

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