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2 1/2 week old breastfed baby isn't pooing

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Laurenluise89 Wed 15-Jul-15 15:43:28

Hi I am new to Mumsnet having just had my 2nd child (baby boy) I am joining all the other mums out there for helpful advice.
My LO is 19 days old and has only poo'd twice after his initial black/green poo, he went quite well in 1st 2 days then it was 3 days then another 3 days and now hes onto his 4th day with nothing I can see and hear him trying with the odd skidmark here or there but no more.
The midwives told me he should be going alot more being breastfed they told me to try cool boiled water but then another midwife said that would only help if bottle fed.
they then advised me to go to the docs who prescribed movicol which we gave him for a couple of days before my health visitor told me to stop and that it should never have been prescribed.
So now its day 4 and i'm alittle concerned but don't seem to be getting any help from midwives or doctor, has anybody else had similar issues and what did you do to help it.
Many thanks in advance.

AnnieLewis Wed 15-Jul-15 15:47:41

Hi, how is he otherwise? Are you getting lots of wet nappies? If not I would take him back to the GP to be honest, or contact your midwives if that's possible? Does he seem to be feeding well and getting enough or is he seeming to be hungry? Does he seem uncomfortable?

Health visitors are notorious for giving mixed messages depending on who you see and while some of them are worth their weight in gold, a lot of them are not sadly!

easterlywinds Wed 15-Jul-15 15:51:37

How often is he feeding and for how long?

couldthisbeit Wed 15-Jul-15 15:57:09

If he is fine in himself I wouldn't worry too much... My ebf son only went once every ten days on average from a month old to about three and a half months. Gp was unconcerned as he had no other signs of any issues and said it was just because breast milk is perfectly made for the job and produces so little waste. . You know him best, trust your instincts I say.

TheOriginalWinkly Wed 15-Jul-15 16:00:23

I've had a quick look at my copy of The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding, and it says at this stage he should be doing around 3 yellowy poops a day. Pooing shouldn't tail off in a breastfed baby until around the 6 weeks mark.

How is feeding going? Is the latch comfortable, can you hear swallowing noises? How often is he fed, and how long for?

TheOriginalWinkly Wed 15-Jul-15 16:06:29

Oh and is he back at his birth weight?

MomeRath Wed 15-Jul-15 16:07:01

When my ebf ds was a newborn he went over 3 weeks with no pooing, midwife said it could have been because of no waste from breast milk but doctor did check his tummy regularly to make sure it was soft. He didn't start to go regularly until he was over 3 months. They weren't too concerned just kept an eye on him and made sure he was gaining weight.

Gunpowder Wed 15-Jul-15 16:12:41

YY what OriginalWinkly said. I think I would contact a breastfeeding helpline and make an appointment to see another, different GP asap. There is a good Kellymom link I will try and find for you.

Gunpowder Wed 15-Jul-15 16:21:27

this La Leche League link tells you how many dirty nappies to expect. As Winkly says, they don't go longer between poos until 6 weeks or so.

Laurenluise89 Wed 15-Jul-15 21:18:18

Thank you for all of your replies -it's a big help!
My LO seems fine within himself, but you can hear him trying to have a poop. He is having plenty of full wet nappies, latches on great and does everything he should be, although I did get quite abit of pain in one breast when he latched on due to him having a tight tongue tie which got snipped a few days ago and has made a huge difference. GP and midwives have both checked him over and have no concerns as he is just above his birth weight now. It's just abit concerning for myself as all professionals say breastfed babies tend to have more dirty nappies than formula fed babies.

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