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13 day old hasnt pooed in 24 h

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Holden10 Tue 09-Jun-15 19:57:25

My 13 day old baby hasn't pooed in 24h. This has happened once before and what got him going was a bottle of formula which he vomited up and made him have diarrhoea! He is ebf currently. Any way I can make him go? Do I need a dr? sad tia

ifgrandmahadawilly Tue 09-Jun-15 20:01:27

Could you maybe call 111 and ask their advice?

When I was discharged from hospital with a newborn they said I could ring the delivery suite for a few weeks if I had any issues. Have you tried that?

I wouldn't give them formula again if it made him ill last time. It is harder to digest than breast milk. Is feeding going okay?

SKYTVADDICT Tue 09-Jun-15 20:01:39

I'm sure someone more knowledgable will come along but in my experience it's not unusual for ebf babies to poo for 3-4 days sometimes. Mine didn't anyway grin

FusionChefGeoff Tue 09-Jun-15 20:01:57

Totally normal in an EBF baby - you can relax. There is so much goodness and so little to waste in breastmilk that as they get older sometimes can be up to 3 / 4 days before a poonami explosion.

Then it's like playing roulette or buckaroo just waiting for the moment when baby will need a bath and a completely new set of clothes!

SweetAndFullOfGrace Tue 09-Jun-15 20:02:42

Ebf babies can go days without a poo. DD used to go for 3-4 days at a stretch. Breast milk is such a perfect food for them that they digest almost all of it.

If he is making lots of wet nappies and happy in himself (not straining to go / in pain etc) then I wouldn't worry too much. If anything about his behaviour seems odd or worrying that's what I would focus on as a warning, not poo frequency at that age.

WishUponAStar88 Tue 09-Jun-15 20:03:22

Totally normal smile all ebf babies are different - some have tiny regular poos, others save it up for once or twice a week!

DottyCotton Tue 09-Jun-15 20:03:26

They don't go every day, especially if they are breastfed. Try not to fall into the trap of trying to make them poo.

CultureSucksDownWords Tue 09-Jun-15 20:03:29

If he's otherwise seems well and not in any discomfort then this amount of time without a poo isn't unusual. I don't think you need a doctor unless you have other concerns. You could always take him to the GPs tomorrow if you are worried, as I am sure they would always rather see you than not when it comes to little babies.

Etak15 Tue 09-Jun-15 20:07:35

I don't think it's a problem, with mine all bf my dd's used to poo all day long at that age but my ds used to go a few days with no poo then do really smelly wind like a grown up then do have a poo day! Think they all have there own little bowel habits I wouldn't worry.

CaurnieBred Tue 09-Jun-15 20:07:57

DD did the same - around 3 days. First time it happened I panicked and went to the breast feeding clinic, whereupon she decided that was the perfect place to finally relieve herself.

CindeFuckinRella Tue 09-Jun-15 20:08:35

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Holden10 Tue 09-Jun-15 20:11:05

He's fine in himself, feeding well and lots of wet nappies. He has just done a verrry smelly trump grin I blamed his dad for a while grin thanks for the reassurance people.

RedKites Tue 09-Jun-15 21:06:22

How has his weight gain been until now? EBF babies who start having long gaps don't normally do so until around 4-6 weeks. So it could well just be normal for him, but if you do have any other concerns, you might want to check with a mw.

Atalanta Tue 09-Jun-15 21:21:30

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Victoria2002 Tue 09-Jun-15 23:03:35

It's totally normal if ebf, both of mine often went a week between poos, sometimes had smelly wind & got a bit grumpy on "poonami day", DS 6m would scream for a minute then do a huge poo. If the poo is soft and the baby is happy & doing wees, don't stress

RedKites Wed 10-Jun-15 14:07:09

I just wanted to repeat again that while this is normal in older EBF babies, it is more unusual in a newborn. From Kellymom, in the 2-6wo baby section : Dirty diapers: Expect 3-4+ stools daily that are the size of a US quarter (2.5 cm) or larger. Some babies stool every time they nurse, or even more often–this is normal, too. The normal stool of a breastfed baby is yellow and loose (soft to runny) and may be seedy or curdy. After 4 – 6 weeks, some babies stool less frequently, with stools as infrequent as one every 7-10 days. As long as baby is gaining well, this is normal.
I am not wanting to worry you, if the other signs including weight gain are that he is feeding fine, then he's probably just a bit advanced! But if for example he has been slow to get back to birthweight, then might it be worth speaking to your mw for more advice?

Hillijx Wed 10-Jun-15 14:32:29

My baby now 9 weeks started going every 2-3 days at about 2 weeks old. She gets uncomfortable the day it's due then we have an explosion! I was googling all over at the time but general gist for ebf babies is very unlikely to have constipation so unless other signs of illness then all is well. I wouldn't give formula to make baby go though as formula fed babies are more likely to get constipation.

Holden10 Wed 10-Jun-15 14:46:09

He's gaining fine and no signs of distress or illness. Thanks for all your help

madwomanacrosstheroad Wed 10-Jun-15 14:53:14

Would not worry, my eldest used to do a weekly poo, always when out and about and usually coming out of the nappy up to his armpits. I was an alarming shade of bright yellow but I was reassured anarchic pooing is perfectly normal and healthy in ebf babies

Holden10 Wed 10-Jun-15 15:06:11

Thanks, as a pp mentioned I'm just a bit worried cos he's so young but I think everything else about him is fine

Holden10 Wed 10-Jun-15 20:00:49

In the interest of full disclosure, baby has just done a monster poo :D

RedKites Thu 11-Jun-15 12:48:09


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