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FF and pooing

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burps Sat 04-Dec-10 18:58:39

Seriously, I cannot find a proper answer to how often a ff baby should poo. The HV said once a week is okay (really?!) but other stuff I have read said it should be once a day. What is normal??

My 11 week old does it about every 2-3 days and her feet are up around her ears and her eyes just about out her head as she does it. Is that normal?!

cardamomginger Sat 04-Dec-10 19:27:07

i don't think there is any hard and fast rule. but if she is straining and showing discomfort when she goes, or when she doesn't go, then i'd think it isn't normal. have you seen your gp?

Seona1973 Sat 04-Dec-10 20:16:17

both mine went 2-3 days between poos when formula fed but as it was still soft when they did go they werent constipated.

TheSugarPlumFairy Sun 05-Dec-10 10:14:34

DD was once a day, in the morning like clockwork. i think cardamomginger is right. There really isnt a hard and fast rule just the same as for adults.

from your description is sounds like she is straining a bit. I would offer her some extra water after feeds and see if that makes a difference. If it doesn't, you might like to look at changing her formula to a comfort recipe. Most of the formula brands do a colic and constipation mix that your LO might find easier to digest.

tabouleh Sun 05-Dec-10 20:48:48

The UNICEF FF leaflet says:

Individual bowel habits vary, but as a general rule, bottlefed babies will pass stools that are more solid, but less
frequent, than those of breastfed babies.

You should contact your midwife or health visitor if the number of stools per day changes or your baby shows any signs of discomfort or straining while passing stool.

What if my baby seems constipated?

This may be resolved with closer attention to the way in which the feed is made up, since reconstitution errors (i.e. using more powder than is needed for the volume of water) are not uncommon (Renfrew et al 2003). If this doesn’t resolve the problem, the parents could try changing the brand of first milk that they use. Stool hardness is significantly related to the concentration of calcium soaps of unsaturated fatty acids in the stool, which is in turn related to
the specific composition of the milk (see introduction [Bongers 2007, Alarcon 2002, Forsyth 1999, Lloyd 1999]).

There is no physiological or research basis for offering extra water to an already well-hydrated baby in order to produce softer or more frequent stools (Young 1998).

I think you should consider trying a different first milk. No need to go for a comfort milk before trying other first milks IMP.

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