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My 6 week old (bf) ds hasn't poo'd for over 24 hours, should I be worried?

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spiderpig Thu 17-Jul-08 09:56:28

Do you think I should be worried? He is exclusivly breastfed and had previously been pooing constantly lol! Almost at every feed, but he hasn't gone now since tues evening.

I was under the impression that breastfed babies didn't get constipated? But I've learned so much from this board I'm happy to be corrected grin

spicemonster Thu 17-Jul-08 09:57:38

BF babies can go for days and days without pooing after those first few weeks. Mine used to go a week, sometimes more. Make the most of it

Lemontart Thu 17-Jul-08 09:59:23

If your baby is not in pain (curled up yelling) and not dehydrated/feeding well, don’t worry/ Very normal in my experience.

tiktok Thu 17-Jul-08 10:00:11

This can be normal, spider, and about 6 weeks is a very typical time for the pattern to change.

At birth, babies have a gastro-colic reflex that tends to be activated when food hits the tum - it's not uncommon for bf babies in particular to 'go' many times a day and night.

This matures over the first weeks, and the result can be infrequent pooing, with a major weapons-grade industrial blow-out as infrequently as once every 10 days....

There is a wide variation in all of this.

It's certainly not constipation when a healthy 6 week old misses a day

ABitBatty Thu 17-Jul-08 10:00:12

My bf ds is 9 weeks old and since he was about 5 or 6 weeks old he only does a poo once or twice a week. Previously he was going after every feed but not now!
I know it's normal for my DS, he isn't constipated or anything, but when he goes it's quite a big one grin apparently it's something to do with not much 'waste' from breastmilk ?

VictorianSqualor Thu 17-Jul-08 10:00:48

As other posters have already said, it's perfectly normal, as long as he is in no pain, don't fret.
You may well get a very explosive all-up-the-back nappy soon though!

AnguaVonUberwald Thu 17-Jul-08 10:04:22

DS waited until about 5 days after birth to have a poo, and then he pooed for 10 mins non stop! it was really quite funny.

I would just worry about how to deal with the big poo explosion when it comes, if you leave the house, take a change of clothing for him with you.

LackaDAISYcal Thu 17-Jul-08 10:07:42

some info from kellymom

scroll down to weeks two through to six.

This is quite normal at this stage. My DD went from between 8 and 12 poos a day to one horrendously horrible mammoth defecation every three days at about 6-7 weeks before settling down to two poos a day at around 10 weeks.

first time she went for a few days was a bit of a worry though!

aurorec Thu 17-Jul-08 10:08:58

I was told BF babies can go up to a week without pooing- after a week you might want to mention it to a pediatrician/doctor if you're worried.

Lionstar Thu 17-Jul-08 10:11:25

Our longest span was 11 days I think. DP called it 'the elusive poo'. When it came it was quite a sight to behold and almost ruined the car seat smile

spiderpig Thu 17-Jul-08 10:25:45

Oh I cannot tell you how much I love this place grin

Thank you all so much for the replies, I can relax now grin

I did know that breastfed babies could go a while but it was the change in pattern that was concerning me slightly, it's great to know that it's normal at this age

I will be on the alert for the explosive nappy, I wonder if he'll be able to save it till an evening for daddy wink

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