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So DD has been a regular pooper, usually once a day or once every 36 hours or so, for a good 2-3 months straight. She's 5.5 months and has never had anything but breastmilk. My eating habits have not changed but her last stool was Sunday or Monday.<br><br>
She "may" be teething. Everyone that sees her suck her hands say "oh she must be teething" and I'm like "well she's been teething since she was 1 month old then b/c that's how long she's been enjoying her fingers." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Every so often I'll feel in her mouth and there's a rough spot on her gums that plays hide and seek, so maybe some teeth are coming, maybe not.<br><br>
But anyway. I'd heard that teething means extra drool which means some different diapers. But does teething ever just make her dirty diapers lessen in frequency? I know she's not constipated b/c she doesn't have any of THOSE symptoms, she's just not pooping. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway thanks for any insight.
 

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Are you drinking the same amount of water? Has it gotten warmer lately where you live? Mother's water intake can affect baby's stools, just as it can affect your own. If it's gotten warmer, you might want to drink more water (not tons though as that can reduce your milk supply).<br><br>
Our experience with teething and poop is it makes stools looser, from the increase in saliva I think or something. But who knows!<br><br>
It's normal for babies, even EBF ones, to go for periods of time where they don't poop as often. It could be a precursor to a growth spurt and theire bodies are using up as much of the BF nutrients as possible, so not pooping as often.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry unless it's starts obviously causing your little one discomfort.<br><br>
As for the fingers thing -- teething is usually more gnawing, not just playing with fingers and such. And incresed drool doesn't necessarily mean teething either, since their saliva glands start working harder after a few months, but their swallowing reflex doesn't catch up for a while.<br><br>
It doesn't sound like teething to me, but I'd bet there's a growth spurt coming soon.<br><br>
Maybe x-post in BFing if you don't get the answers you're seeking here.<br>
GL!
 

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Definitely. DD has 8 teeth, and for every one, her teething symptoms included not pooping. It's not common I guess (diarrhea seems to be the more 'classic' symptom), but for some reason, my babe doesn't poo when she teethes. She also gets a runny nose when teething so I'm guessing she loses water through her nose and that stops up her bum. So I eat prunes, drink lots of water, and offer her water when it happens. That does seem to help.
 

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Huh interesting. DD has had a very slightly runnier than normal nose for a week-10 days or so.<br><br>
Well no teeth showed up yet... but she did poop twice today. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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