So, Jasper does NOT poop regularly. When we were in the hospital, he passed a lot of meconium pretty regularly, but since we've been home he has not gone a lot.
My ped (who homebirthed, breastfed and coslept with her two kids) says that sometimes EBF babies DON'T always poop a lot - especially if they're using all of the nutrients in the BM, but I'm still really freaked out about it. As of last Friday, he hadn't pooped since the previous Monday, and so the doc told us to go ahead and mix 1 oz. of organic prune juice with .5 oz. water and give it to him; that the concoction should get his system moving within 12-24 hours. Well, 24 hours later still nothing, so I decided to call into the on-call ped, who told us to go ahead and use a glycerine suppository (this doc is a bit more mainstream and seemed more concerned abou the lack of poop). My DH went to the pharmacy, got the suppositories and I went ahead and inserted it. About an hour later, Jasper DID have a BM, and in it was the suppository (hardly melted). The weird thing is that it looked a lot like chocolate pudding, which I attributed to the prune juice (it was the dark brown color of prune juice) and more meconium (it was goopy like meconium). About 30 minutes later he passed more of the same, but since then, nothing more has come out.
He is peeing like mad (like 8-9 times in a 24-hour period), eating like mad (lots of cluster feeding, we never go more than 2 hours without a feeding, occasionally 3 hours in the night), had gained weight as of last Friday, and other than some stinky farts does not seem to be in any distress. Every so often he strains and grunts, but STILL NO POOP! I know there isn't an obstruction since he was able to go, but it's really bugging me! I was having some latch problems early last week and we supplemented with formula 3 times one night because he wouldn't latch, but since seeing an LC, have been doing great. I let him nurse as long as he wants, even if it's just pacifying nursing, but he definitely is getting food and is swallowing. I'm also pretty sure he's getting the hind milk, as he will come off of the breast with pretty thick, white milk seeping out of his mouth, especially if he's nursed for at least 15 minutes.
What do you all think? I have another LC coming by tomorrow and she will help me assess the situation and alsot to figure out how to get him to latch while I'm lying down, but seriously, it's really bizzare! Help!
Jen & Jasper
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