Hi all! My DD2 is 3 weeks old. Basically since birth, her poop pattern has been a little puzzling. She took just over 24 hours to pass meconium, pooped 4 times in the hospital, pooped 3 times day 3 (transitional stools), 2 times on day 4 (yellow BF poop) and since then... maybe a big poop every 1-3 days. When she goes, the poops are very liquidy with very little curds, but a normal sweet smell and yellow/mustard color. There is sometimes some "frothing" as she goes so I think there's a bit of an oversupply thing going on too.
The docs screened her for Hirschsprung's (didn't do a biopsy though, but did other tests) at my insistence, but aren't concerned because she is gaining weight like crazy. She actually gained in the hopsital, from 6 lb 5 oz to 6 lb 10 oz. At last weigh-in late last week, she was 8 lb 3 ounces already.
What I'm trying to figure out is whether there are other moms of infrequent newborn poopers like me? Am I alone? My first DD was a poop machine. This strikes me as so abnormal and I'm trying not to worry or assign some sort of medical issue to it. Any thoughts?
I thought my son had Hirshprung's too because he was an infrequent pooper, but he was fine. Later on (5 or 6 months) I did learn that he probably had DGE (delayed gastric emptying) which is related to low motility of the GI tract but that this was not that serious and that he would outgrow it, and he did.
If she's happy and gaining well (which she certainly is) I wouldn't be concerned. She probably has better digestion and absorption than most babies and that's why she poops less than others. Many newborns poop out much of what they eat which is part of why they need to eat so frequently.
Thanks, that helps. I feel like I am losing my ever-loving mind. Ive been fretting about rare stomach diseases, cystic fibrosis and the like. Horrid. I just want to be able to relax and enjoy her!
Yes, I know what you mean. My son had severe reflux, feeding aversion, and chronic constipation. All I did was worry, and I truly regretted that when he grew up (he's 7 now). Do try to enjoy her!! They grow up so fast.
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