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Breastfed baby constipated (10 weeks old)

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ThreeWheelsGood Tue 04-Dec-12 08:16:32

We're having this problem. My midwife recommended I drink a glass of orange juice a day, apparently the acidity should pass through my breastmilk.

She also recommended baby massage, baths, and squeezing her big toes (reflexology?!).

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 22:32:27

Well happily after waking her up and her taking a huge feed the poops liberated themselves without any extra help. Thanks for all the answers and advice - will remember it for next time, if there is one...! thanks

And Mimsy PMSL at poo erupting from neck - an unforgettable moment to treasure... grin

EauRouge Mon 03-Dec-12 21:34:16

Oh, I miised the bit about ABs- quite common for babies to react. The best thing you can give her is breastmilk, it's the perfect thing for babiessmile Fruit juice is just as likely to make her worse.

MimsyBorogroves Mon 03-Dec-12 21:26:54

It sounds more like the ABs than constipation to me. My DS reacted in much the same way when I was on them too.

DS2 once went 15 days without a poo when he was a couple of months old. He was sitting in the car seat when he finally went. I actually saw some burst through the neck of his top.

Loislane78 Mon 03-Dec-12 21:17:14

She's obviously in some discomfort but doesn't sound like constipation and infrequent poops totes normal. Could well be the abs....

Would question the juice advice tbh and water usually for ff babies when constipated

EauRouge Mon 03-Dec-12 21:15:44

Yes it is old school advice and contradicts NHS guidance. I would seek a second opinion, HCPs should not be giving out advice like that for such a young baby.

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 21:15:37

Thanks Fish smile Will see how we get on ON and might get some prune juice in at least... The poop, when it finally arrived on Sat, filled nappy and exploded down leg of babygrow, requiring a complete bath to clean up!

Fisharefriendsnotfood Mon 03-Dec-12 21:12:38

Younger, 6 weeks now and was a couple of weeks ago

armedtotheteeth Mon 03-Dec-12 21:11:53

Sorry x-posted massively!

armedtotheteeth Mon 03-Dec-12 21:10:15

If the poo is runny she isn't actually constipated and in any case i wouldn't personally give fruit juice to such a young baby.

No advice on how to solve the pain though sorry!

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 21:09:53

Thanks Fish - how old was your wee one at the time? Were they as young as 10 weeks?

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 21:09:08

EauRouge it was MW who suggested the cooled water with a few drops of prune juice. I didn't know if this was 'old school' advice. It seems to be more slow transit than actual constipation. I was on ABs for 5 days last week so wondering if that might be the culprit. If so, how do I build up DD's 'good' bacteria again?

Fisharefriendsnotfood Mon 03-Dec-12 21:07:16

Was on advice from HV and midwife, they said once absolutely no bits.i also mentioned it in passing to GP who nodded along so I'm assuming it's fine smile

EauRouge Mon 03-Dec-12 21:06:26

Good god, don't give a 10 week old sugary water or fruit juice! It's normal for a breastfed baby to go a while without pooping. If the poo is not hard then it's not constipation. If your baby seems uncomfortable or windy then chat to a GP and a BF counsellor. Sorry, can't do links as am on phone but look up NCT or LLL.

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 21:01:16

Fish is that safe? Sorry if that sounds stupid but she's so young I'm not sure if she's supposed to get citrus stuff.

Fisharefriendsnotfood Mon 03-Dec-12 20:59:44

I give 5 ml of fresh orange juice with no bits twice a day after day two and always get a poo next day

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 20:57:04

No Lois it wasn't hard - totally normal and runny (but not too runny IYSWIM) which is why I was reluctant to introduce lactulose etc. It just seemed to take longer to get through her than usual and she was obviously getting agonising windpains sad She hasn't been as screamy and windy today but her gas is truly hazardous... confused

Loislane78 Mon 03-Dec-12 20:50:59

is her poop actually 'hard' when it arrives or its just not as frequent?"

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 20:49:14

And LaCiccolina how much water did you give? Was it 1oz? More? Less?

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 20:48:39

LaCiccolina did you add prune juice? Or just the boiled water?

Star she feeds every 2-3 hrs apart from longer ON stretch of about 5-6hrs. Weight gain good - my back is certainly feeling it!

LaCiccolina Mon 03-Dec-12 20:46:50

Boiled water obvs

StarOfLightMcKings3 Mon 03-Dec-12 20:46:28

How often is she feeding and what is her weight gain like?

LaCiccolina Mon 03-Dec-12 20:46:26

Yep tried, works like charms. Stand well clear! Also teaspoons of warm water/brown sugar works wonders!!!

One to give to dh tbh. Can be explosive. I did, he didn't duck. Never seen anything so funny as baby fart exploding on his chest from nappy table....

Angelico Mon 03-Dec-12 20:42:58

Hi all, looking for advice! Our DD is EBF and always pooed every 2 days like clockwork.

She pooped last Wed so was due to poo on Fri. She didn't - and became a screaming, wind-wracked wreck on Fri night. Had to swaddle her to sleep. She slept so long on Sat (hard to wake all day) that we started to worry and phoned OOH doc for advice. Finally she pooped on Sat afternoon and was fine.

Fast forward to today - due to poo again. Instead she is letting out toxic wind and sleeping non-stop since this afternoon, very hard to wake again.

Advice we got on Sat was:
a) from MW at OOH - give her cooled boiled water with a few drops of prune juice.
b) from pharmacist - give her 2.5 ml lactulose twice a day.

We're trying to avoid either unless necessary but did any of you try these? Any other tips? She was at baby yoga / massage this morning so if anything thought poops would be flowing freely - maybe it's let enough wind out that she isn't screamy (or maybe that's in store for later... confused )

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