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My newborn James & John's Mommy Due August 4; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Overton, Texas 3222 posts
15th Jul '13

is 6 days old and will go anywhere from 3-5 hours without eating... but will sometimes only drink 1oz instead of two and no matter what we do he will only drink the 1 oz... and he has just finally had a poop... first in 24 hours.. should i call his dr?

♥MamaToSilas♥ 1 child; Illinois 9338 posts
15th Jul '13

No. Its normal for babies to go days without pooping. If he's having enough wet diapers then he's fine.

Boobo&bugs Due September 24; 1 child; Simpsonville, South Carolina 5662 posts
15th Jul '13

I think he's probably ok. Dd only pooped once a week from 2 weeks old till 8 months old. As long as he is peeling enough he's probably ok.

mom of three 3 kids; Missouri 5080 posts
15th Jul '13

When my first was EBF he would go 6-8 days without pooping. Its completely normal.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
15th Jul '13

I would call just to be safe. I never formula fed, but 5 hours is a bit long to go without a bottle.

SquirrelyMom 1 child; Burlington, Ontario 792 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" I would call just to be safe. I never formula fed, but 5 hours is a bit long to go without a bottle."


yes i agree. Call just to be sure, especially for ff babies, and one so young there should probably be more bowel movements, and possibly less when they are a bit older, but I have read ff babies typically have pretty regular movements. 24 hrs isn't too bad so don't worry, but mention it to the doctor for your own peace of mind.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
15th Jul '13
Quoting SquirrelyMom:" yes i agree. Call just to be sure, especially for ff babies, and one so young there should probably ... [snip!] ... have pretty regular movements. 24 hrs isn't too bad so don't worry, but mention it to the doctor for your own peace of mind."


Typically a FF baby will have regular bm, on a daily basis, breastfed babies generally can go days without it becoming an issue so yes, you were definitely right there!

James & John's Mommy Due August 4; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Overton, Texas 3222 posts
17th Jul

the dr said he thinks he's not eating enough so we're waking him up every 3 hours to feed... also if he doesn't poop today we're giving him a little diluted prune juice...

LayLu 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
18th Jul

DD would go that long without eating at that age as well. I read that for the first two weeks you should wake them to eat, but after two weeks they'll learn when to tell you they're hungry. Also, if you're breastfeeding it's normal for them to go days without pooping. I think after five days is when they say you should call a doctor.