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no poop for 2 days ♛Ashley Paige♛ 1 child; Spring, Texas 88 posts
22nd Jun '11

I am just curious is it normal for a newborn to go a few days with out pooping? I am a new mom so I don't really know... all I know is she went from pooping a lot to only once a day and now this is day 3 and she hasn't pooped yet. She has a lot of wet diapers and a lot of gas, but she seems to be a little more fussy than usual and I am wondering if she is constipated and if so what do I do for that?
TIA

Titia Due July 29; 3 kids; Kansas 6267 posts
22nd Jun '11

Are you BFing or FFing? It's VERY common for BFed babies to go after every diaper or only once a week (my 2nd was a once a weeker and it freaked me out).

Mea's Mommy 2 kids; Boston, Massachusetts 387 posts
22nd Jun '11

You can put a little of prune juice in the bottle or some KARO syrup.



But DD did the same thing when she was newborn got really fussy but once we did the prune juice she was a ok.

Natalie & Nolan{EBF} 18 kids; Burlington, North Carolina 6851 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting ♛Ashley Paige♛:" I am just curious is it normal for a newborn to go a few days with out pooping? I am a new mom so I don't ... [snip!] ... she seems to be a little more fussy than usual and I am wondering if she is constipated and if so what do I do for that? TIA"


IF you are breastfeeding, you should get a good stool soon. Breastfed babies are rarely(READ:99.9% of the time NEVER) constipated.



IF you are breastfeeding but they gave your child formula at the hospital, it can cause slowing down of the bowels, just keep breastfeeding!



If you are formula feeding, wait another day and call the doctor.



Also, did your baby pass ANY meconium yet?

Natalie & Nolan{EBF} 18 kids; Burlington, North Carolina 6851 posts
22nd Jun '11

Oh, and NEVER give a newborn juice, corn syrup or laxatives. Their systems are not designed to handle those types of things.

♛Ashley Paige♛ 1 child; Spring, Texas 88 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting Titia:" Are you BFing or FFing? It's VERY common for BFed babies to go after every diaper or only once a week (my 2nd was a once a weeker and it freaked me out). "

both...mostly BFing though...

Eme 3 kids; Georgia 3400 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting ♛Ashley Paige♛:" I am just curious is it normal for a newborn to go a few days with out pooping? I am a new mom so I don't ... [snip!] ... she seems to be a little more fussy than usual and I am wondering if she is constipated and if so what do I do for that? TIA"


My LO's DR told me that it was normal because they are learning to move their own bowels... :D

Natalie & Nolan{EBF} 18 kids; Burlington, North Carolina 6851 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting ♛Ashley Paige♛:" both...mostly BFing though..."


The formula will stop her up. switch to straight breast, your milk will help her go!

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting Natalie867:" Oh, and NEVER give a newborn juice, corn syrup or laxatives. Their systems are not designed to handle those types of things."


I was just about to type this out too

BF babies can go a while without a poop. If she doesn't poop by tomorrow morning, I'd give your pedi a call.

Summer lovin' 2 kids; Michigan 57412 posts
22nd Jun '11

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mea's Mommy:</b>" You can put a little of prune juice in the bottle or some KARO syrup. But DD did the same thing when she was newborn got really fussy but once we did the prune juice she was a ok."</blockquote>




No no no not for a newborn! Not even for a baby under six months on the prune juice and never for the karo syrup. That stuff is indigestible and every baby I know who was given it regularly is an overweight child

♛Ashley Paige♛ 1 child; Spring, Texas 88 posts
22nd Jun '11

what if I dilute the prune juice with water that is what my mom suggested. My LO gets so fussy and her face turns red like she is trying to push really hard and I just hate for her to be uncomfortable!

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, NY, United States 56008 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting ♛Ashley Paige♛:" what if I dilute the prune juice with water that is what my mom suggested. My LO gets so fussy and her ... [snip!] ... My LO gets so fussy and her face turns red like she is trying to push really hard and I just hate for her to be uncomfortable!"


No no no... you mom might have done it when you were a baby but now we know that it is wrong to give an newborn juice

Just wait. If she doesn't go by tomorrow, call the doc. He'll likely tell you to use an infant suppository.

Natalie & Nolan{EBF} 18 kids; Burlington, North Carolina 6851 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting ♛Ashley Paige♛:" both...mostly BFing though..."


Here's a few links about breastfeeding and formula supplements(and other newborn concerns including POOP):



http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/bf-links-concerns.html



http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing.html



http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/milkproduction.html



Keep in mind supplementing with formula bottles will not help you establish a good supply, as milk production is on a supply and demand schedule.

Summer lovin' 2 kids; Michigan 57412 posts
22nd Jun '11

<blockquote><b>Quoting ♛Ashley Paige♛:</b>" what if I dilute the prune juice with water that is what my mom suggested. My LO gets so fussy and her ... [snip!] ... My LO gets so fussy and her face turns red like she is trying to push really hard and I just hate for her to be uncomfortable!"</blockquote>




No. Its not safe. My bet is she's having difficulty digesting the formula. Switch to just breadtmilk and she should be fine. If she is in pain, you can take her temp rectally, this got my oldest moving when she went four days without a poop as a newb. Just breastfeed more and stop offering formula

Natalie & Nolan{EBF} 18 kids; Burlington, North Carolina 6851 posts
22nd Jun '11
Quoting ♛Ashley Paige♛:" what if I dilute the prune juice with water that is what my mom suggested. My LO gets so fussy and her ... [snip!] ... My LO gets so fussy and her face turns red like she is trying to push really hard and I just hate for her to be uncomfortable!"


Stop any formula bottles and straight breastfeed. Your milk and colostrum if your milk hasn't come in yet is DESIGNED to unclog a baby's gut.



It's the formula supplements you are giving that is causing the issue. Steer clear of that in the early days or you will have more days like today.



Breastfeeding is the only natural way to keep a baby from being constipated!



Giving a baby juice, karo syrup or anything else will only disrupt their intestinal tract more and possibly do damage. Newborns are not built to handle that sort of thing, they are built to digest human milk from a human breast, not even cow's milk, and CERTAINLY not fruit juice or corn syrup(which, I should mention, is also found in formula).