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but I have no clue where else I should ask! Due to my own health/candida issues I have done a bunch of reading lately. From all I have seen, literature states a person should have 3 bowel movements per day. Well, my daughter (she is 1) has 1 a day and some days none at all. She eats all organic foods but is on a hypoallergenic formula. I could not breast feed so don't even get me started on that issue. It isn't as though she is eating junk food and candy/snacks. I will say though that she hates most vegetables and seems to be on a cracker kick. I know I may have answered my own question by stating her diet but she has always been like this, even when she was only formula fed. I guess I am just looking for some input. Baby books will tell you that a bowel movement every few days is fine but those are all main stream books and I have no clue about this. Thanks for taking the time to read this!
 

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as long as it isnt dry and hard then she is ok<br><br>
Growing up I LOVED salad and fiberous foods yet only went once a day or less. I am still that way no matter what my diet is. If I go more than 2 times a day it usually means I am sick<br><br>
I think she is fine as long as her poo is healthy and she is healthy.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">but I have no clue where else I should ask! Due to my own health/candida issues I have done a bunch of reading lately. From all I have seen, literature states a person should have 3 bowel movements per day. Well, my daughter (she is 1) has 1 a day and some days none at all. She eats all organic foods but is on a hypoallergenic formula. I could not breast feed so don't even get me started on that issue. It isn't as though she is eating junk food and candy/snacks. I will say though that she hates most vegetables and seems to be on a cracker kick. I know I may have answered my own question by stating her diet but she has always been like this, even when she was only formula fed. I guess I am just looking for some input. Baby books will tell you that a bowel movement every few days is fine but those are all main stream books and I have no clue about this. Thanks for taking the time to read this!</div>
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I have just recently began reading about bm 3x/day. It's probably the formula, in all honesty. But, from what you said, you already knew that.<br>
Sorry, I'm not really any help. Like I said, I'm just now getting informed that a bm after every meal is what is normal.<br>
Good Luck!
 

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Everyone has their own regular. My DD averages 3+ a day. Her buddy of the same age averages every other day. There's no one normal- they all have their own version of it! Agreed- as long as poo & she are healthy, things are good!
 

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3 times a day?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/moon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="moon"> Not me.<br><br>
I'm not a doctor or nurse. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I have always been told by my peds (as if they know everything <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">...) that unless the baby is passing hard stools or hasn't gone in several days AND has a tender and distended belly, it should be fine.
 

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ITA w/SEEPAE. If the consistency is "normal" (i.e. not hard) I wouldn't worry. I know my mom said my sister would have like 1 poop every 3-4 days. According to her (my sister) she's still that way! :LOL
 

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My DS is breastfed, so I wanted to comment on how some BF babies do. For the 1st month he pood all the time, then went to only 1 time every 7 days. He did that for about 7 months and then one day just started going 3+ times a day. Now he is at 1 time a day with the occasional 2 times or more.<br><br>
He is 11 months old and still 99.99% breastfed(with the exception of food he grabs from my plate or finds on the floor or my mom gives him, LOL)<br><br>
His poos have always been like glue, so it TOTALLY differs.<br><br>
Like I said as long as it is soft and looks healthy(ie not bright orange or puke green or black) then she is fine<br><br>
(just for comparison since he did the "no poo" thing even though he was breastfed)
 

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Poop frequency depends on the laxative nature of the foods ingested and on how completely the food is digested, not necessarily on your health. You could be eating absolute crap and be super sick, but if you eat a half-cup of bran a day you'll poop a lot. Formula (and breastmilk) don't have a lot of fiber, so that tends to lead to fewer poops, especially as the baby grows. Breastmilk is a natural laxative, so BF babies can still poop many times a day, but it's not unusual (or unhealthy) for them to go longer.<br><br>
The "poop after every meal" dictum, as far as I know, is actually a leftover old-doctors-tale from the days of Kellogg, Graham, Post and the other fiber nuts. A truly perfect diet wouldn't stimulate pooping all that much, because it would be so well digested.
 

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Once a day is what I consider the norm. DD used to go every 10 days! And she was miserable. So now I count my blessings when she goes each day <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
It could be the crackers especially if they're white flour ones. Even whole wheat can constipate some who are sensitive. I can practically tell you the exact number of goldfish my kids have eaten by the consistancy of their poo!
 

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one more thing... if you have Candida issues then your baby probably has a flora imbalance as well. Yeast can cause irregular BM's- too much too little or alternating.<br><br>
Try giving her a little bit of baby acidophilus if you're concerned. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Boy do I feel dumb rihght now! I specifically remember my doctor telling me that should make my own crackers when he said I had candida. I guess Maya will just have to learn to eat her veggies because her Kashi crackers are going bye bye! Thank for all of the great responses.
 
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