How long between bowel movements for your baby????

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  1. My little man(4 months) is going forever without a bowel movement. Once 7 days, then 5, now we are on day 8. He is breastfed. I gave him some prune juice Sunday and Monday .5 an ounce, and Monday I also gave him 1 teaspoon milk of magnesia, per DR. Am I over thinking this, have your kids or do your kids go this long??? I have a call into the Doc right now . . . just looking for peace of mind.
    TIA
    Lauren
    oh and I did start him on rice cereal on Saturday, he is not eating much, just a little in the morning.

  2. Longest was 3 days for my little boy, 5.5 months old. The rice cereal can be constipating, but the prune juice should do the trick. He is formula fed, not sure if that makes the difference. Hopefully your ped can help you out.

  3. Dd often went 7 days or so between bms. Since you are breastfeeding there just isn't much solid waste. Unless he is acting constipated - straining to poop, poop is small hard pellets, etc there is no need to do anything but wait for nature to take its course. Rice cereal is not only constipating but much has less nutrients than breast milk or formula so I would skip the cereal.

    Sara

  4. any time we do a food change for DS, he requires a little dark karo syrup added to two or three bottles. After that, he's back on track and going at least once daily.
    only use dark- and maybe a teaspoon for a bottle. Our ped said that if he didn't stay regular after that, to use a tiny bit in several bottles a day until he was regular. I did that for a few days after we started solids and it worked like a charm.

  5. What Sara said. DS went for several days in between and I started pumping prune juice, etc as well, but everything I've read says bf babies do sometimes have long periods in between. As long as it isn't pellet like when it comes out, you don't need to worry (or give prune juice). He may just be on a growth spurt and therefore using up all the calories and nutrients right now.

  6. As long as he is having regular wet diapers, peds usually say not to worry. I believe my ped said it had to be 12 days of no p00p before they would do something!

    FYI, rice cereal causes constipation so if you're concerned about the lack of bowel movements, you may want to hold off on starting solids. You could also try oatmeal instead of rice cereal.

  7. breastfed babies can go a long way between poops. i personally wouldn't give prune juice or other laxatives; i would just let it be- its normal for your baby. unsolicited advice here, i guess, but i would not start solids at 4 mos if you're breastfeeding as the cereal just fills tummy space that is better occupied by something nutritious like bm. i also don't give cereals, but that's a long other story....

  8. Thanks for all the advice. My doc doesn't like for it to go over a week, so he had me give a glycerin suppository, it did the trick in minutes! I won't worry so much next time, just wanted to hear that some of you go thru the same thing.
    Thanks,
    Lauren

  9. breastfed babies can go a long way between poops. i personally wouldn't give prune juice or other laxatives; i would just let it be- its normal for your baby. unsolicited advice here, i guess, but i would not start solids at 4 mos if you're breastfeeding as the cereal just fills tummy space that is better occupied by something nutritious like bm. i also don't give cereals, but that's a long other story....
    I would second what pilma said. BF babies can go a long time between poops because they use almost all of what is eaten. My DD would go a week between poops frequently and it wasn't hard when it came out. I think it is very normal (and peds usually only know what is normal for formula fed babies).
    Jennifer

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