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Why would he do this? He is 3 wks old. It looks to really hurt...

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does he have a lot of gas? how is the consistency of the poo? any blood?
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He has gas in that he farts when he is pooing. The poo itself is normal--mustard yellow (sometimes a hint of green) and of regular consistency. No blood.

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My DD (3wks tomorrow) does the same thing. I'm glad you asked, I was about to.

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I think that it's all part of the new sensation of having a bowel movement.

My DD would strain and grunt when she was teeny and I would think she must certainly be constipated and having a hard time, but when I'd change her, it was regular old mustardy, breast-fed baby poop. I think that some babies are just extra sensitive to all the various sensations they experience in the first few months.

As they get older and start having different consistencies of poop, adding solids and that sort of thing, straining, crying and grunting might indicate a little constipation or something like that. Right now, I just wonder if it's sensory overload for your new babe. If there's no blood and it's regular consistency, then I would just keep a close eye and try to hold him and comfort him when he is feeling stressed.
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Yeah, I think it just freaks them out because it's so odd.
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If there's no blood and it's regular consistency, then I would just keep a close eye and try to hold him and comfort him when he is feeling stressed.
my answer exactly.
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thanks, mamas! So you don't think it is a food allergy? Yay!!! What are the signs of eg. a milk allergy? just curious...

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DD did the same thing. Our ped said it was just DD learning to use those muscles - apparently they haven't quite learned how relax/tighten at the same time so they'll tighten all of their rectal muscles (shut) and try to push thru it. Pooping skillz hav a learning curve! Who knew?

She's stopped doing it now and poops with grace...altho now it's only once every three days or so...
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My older dd never did this, but my younger dd did. She even cried when she peed for the first week or so. I think it was just all so new and strange to her...and she is really not a kid to go for the new or strange, unlike her older sister...

Anyway, fwiw, she has totally grown out of this now, and gets quite a look of accomplishment after she poops.

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I have no medical background on this but I'm thinking it's just due to them learning how to poop. My pets used to whine when pooping when they were tiny so I'm thinking they have to get those muscles buff in there to push it out later.
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Mine did the same thing until almost 8 weeks old! The MW said it was normal learning-to-poo stuff... it's not as easy as it looks!

If your babe's weight gain and diaper output are fine, I'd assume all is as it should be.

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Breastfed babies are more prone to make more noise, don't know why! Our 14 wk old still does!
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thanks, mamas! So you don't think it is a food allergy? Yay!!! What are the signs of eg. a milk allergy? just curious...
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thanks, mamas! So you don't think it is a food allergy? Yay!!! What are the signs of eg. a milk allergy? just curious...
My DS's milk and soy protein allergy really started to show up at about 3 weeks. Here is the big tip of for the Dr. BF babies poop don't stink. My ds's smelled terrible!!! TMI but like you dog ate something nasty and needs to go out... He also cried and screamed for 1/2 hour or more before pooping.

Here is the good thing, with some diet change (it does take some getting used to) you can keep bfing. My ds is 7.5 months old an still bfing

Contact me personaly if you want more info on the diet, I was really lucky that his ped. had a baby with the same allergy and was able to give me some really good tips. My first's ped just flipingly suggested to cut out milk with her and since I didn't know what to REALLY do, it didn't work, and now I know why, she didn't have colic, her tummy was REALLY hurting :0(
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