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#1 of 12 Old 05-24-2007, 03:09 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK. I'm not freaking out but I really want my baby girl to poop! She pooped last Saturday evening (this is Thursday evening). Last night she has maybe a teaspoon of poop. I know breastfed babies can go a week or more between poops. But boy is this going to be a big poop when it comes! She has been passing gas and is not fussy at all. I have taken probiotics and massaged her tummy. Any other suggestions for getting a baby to poop?

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P.S. She's 12 weeks old
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a nice massage and a warm bath?

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To get my DS to poop we'd warm up a nice hot water bottle and set it on his belly, he'd always poop within 5 min. Good Luck!
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I used to massage my baby's belly (always clockwise) with some baby massage oil made for poops and farts, and then I'd bring his knees up to his chest and push down so his legs would squash his belly a bit. We got lots of poops and farts that way, he had a lot of gas (dairy issue we didn't know about) so it was very useful.
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Diluted prune juice worked a treat for mine, but she's FF. I know that the small quantity of juice and the extra water isn't an issue for FF babies but I don't know about BF. The natural laxative in prune juice draws water into the colon and softens everything up.

If she really really doesn't go, at least 10 days, you can get glycerol suppositories or Babylax--they're prescription only here but I don't think they are in the US. You shouldn't have to resort to that unless she appears uncomfortable, though.

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AlexisT How old was your dd when you started giving her the prune juice to make her go?
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Here is a surefire way: dress her entirely in white, plan an all day outing, and only bring one diaper.

Honestly, she sounds OK! I'd leave it alone. It may not be that huge since breatsmilk is pretty efficiently digested. I was surprised at how little there could be after a few days around that age.
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Here is a surefire way: dress her entirely in white, plan an all day outing, and only bring one diaper.
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Chiropractics always work wonders for DS3. When she adjusts him, she can even accurately guess whether or not he's pooped recently. And he always goes within 12-24 hours of being adjusted. It's usually in the lower spine that she adjusts for that. Makes sense.
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AlexisT How old was your dd when you started giving her the prune juice to make her go?
2.5 months maybe? The GP said to try it. It's not something I do regularly by any means. She just had some trouble when she got moved up from 140ml to 170ml and she got blocked up for a week. Now she's fine.

I've seen the diluted prune juice advice plenty of places; it wasn't something I just came up with. I was skeptical she'd drink it but she slurped it right up.

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my best friend's dd had the same problem. she used to go 5-6 days without pooping and even then they were hard. then my friend started eating more probiotics and her dd started pooping everyday! she eats a couple of tbs of cultured vegetables everyday and drinks kefir. it works wonders!
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Thanks everyone for the good suggestions! I had massaged baby's tummy for a while before I posted. Then a few hours later she pooped! Thank goodness for the Bjorn potty because the poop was quite sticky. So far this baby is the opposite of my son. He is almost 4 yo and still poops 2-3 times every day!:
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