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Anna hasn't pooped since late Saturday night, it seems like she's going a day or two before she finally lets it all out. And when she does, I can literally scoop it out of her diaper because there is so much poop Every poop has been a blow out since birth, I don't know how to control it when it finally comes

I've done some googling, and have found hundreds of articles and comments that breastfed babies rarely get constipated, and the poop will come when it comes. Sometimes babies can go 3 - 5 days without pooping.

Anna is pretty gassy, she isn't always uncomfortable, but today she has been fussy and looking like she is trying to poop, but all that comes out is air. Poor little thing, we've done belly massages and pressure under her belly button but still nothing but gas.

I'm also thinking we're experiencing our first growth spurt. She has been nursing every hour on the hour since we woke yesterday at 6am. My boobs hurt, and she is just filling up and filling up. I thought the more she nursed, she'd push the poop out that hasn't happened.

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I don't really know but I think it's possible to get constipated no matter what kind of food baby eats. My DS (exclusively bf) occasionally goes a day or 2 without pooping and then when he does I'm shocked to see how much comes out! The days when he doesn't go he is more fussy, gassy, and cranky. This doesn't happen often and I just assumed it was normal baby bowel behavior.

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constipation is guaged by the consistency of the poop, not the frequency. if it's soft enough to be scooped, it's perfectly fine.

my two went as long as 8 and 9 days before going, so i did a lot of reading! it turned out to be typical at the 3-4 week mark they were at at the time.

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Ds#2 was pooping regularly until around 2-3 mths (I think?), then he started going up to a week in between. Now at 6 mths he goes every 2-3 days and is EBF. There is just so little waste with BM. I do notice that he grunts and seem a little uncomfortable right before he goes, but it doesn't seem to bother him too much. I wouldn't worry as long as the consistency is soft.
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My dd did the same thing. She would poop every 5-7 days around the two-month mark. Bf'd babies can go upwards of two weeks without a bm and be fine. Because bm is the perfect food for babies, their bodies are able to process the milk with little waste.
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It's not constipation unless it's hard. It's normal for breastfed babies to go a long time in between poops. DD used to go at least a week until she started eating a few solid foods. It worried me also when she started doing that. I'm almost glad she goes more frequently now because those week-long waits meant we'd be doing an entire load of laundry afterwards.

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no, i guess. that would be weird.

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My dd did the same thing. She would poop every 5-7 days around the two-month mark. Bf'd babies can go upwards of two weeks without a bm and be fine. Because bm is the perfect food for babies, their bodies are able to process the milk with little waste.
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My son was a very colicky baby from about 3-6 months. Never had a bottle in his life, even of pumped milk.

From about 4-6 months, he would poop EVERY NINE DAYS. on the clock. I could not go anywhere on the 9th day, because nothing could contain it. And we used cloth.


SO to answer the origional question- YES Unless of course, constipation means "hard poop" But I would classify not pooping for 9 days somewhere in there.

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ds2 once went 11 days without a poop while EBF, he was 4 months old and we were on vacation. ever since then he goes at least once a day, but once in a while he'll skip a day.
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BF babies can go 10-14 days without pooping. I have read that they generally cannot get constipated, but the way to tell is if the poop is hard, not by length of time or grunting/dtraining.

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Well, I guess I should re-phrase. It definitely does not fall within the norm of a toddler, or adult. I know babies do use breastmilk very efficiently.

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Thanks for all your responses ladies!! Since I posted this around noon time, Anna has pooped lol another famous blow out :

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It's not constipation unless it's hard. It's normal for breastfed babies to go a long time in between poops. DD used to go at least a week until she started eating a few solid foods. It worried me also when she started doing that. I'm almost glad she goes more frequently now because those week-long waits meant we'd be doing an entire load of laundry afterwards.
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I'm glad to see this post--my 3.5 mo son is having the same issue...only, he seems *really* uncomfortable. We went on vacation a couple of weeks ago and he went 5 days w/o pooping, had a couple of really thick soupy ones, and then went another 4 days w/ nothing. He had trouble eating and was moaning and screaming after he ate just a tiny bit, so DH took him to the doc yesterday, and (traumatized) said okay to a suppository. The resulting poo was much thicker than usual, but could still be scooped.

Anyway, he pooped once more when he got home and transformed into his normal jolly self. But he hasn't pooped since, and is starting to show the painful symptoms again.

Doc said to use prune juice or karo syrap. I'm definitely not interested in doing the syrap thing, but am not sure about the juice. He's never had anything but breast milk, and refuses water in a bottle.

Any ideas? Thanks!
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Doc said to use prune juice or karo syrap. I'm definitely not interested in doing the syrap thing, but am not sure about the juice. He's never had anything but breast milk, and refuses water in a bottle.
Any ideas? Thanks!
my 1 mo is doing something similer, i was about to get worried but this morning we got a big diaper full. i hope that means he wont be as cranky today as he was the last 2 days.

i dont know about giving a 3.5 mo prune juice... are you taking vitamins opr eating alot of food with iron? it screws up adults systems maybe it passes through to baby? juist an idea.

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