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Hi my 5 week old baby girl isn't pooing often. She last pooed on Thursday so 5 days and before that it was last on Saturday (5 days. On thurs she did a huge one ...came out thick greeny-brown like paint from a tube.
She is having a combo of breastmilk and formula (usually 4-6 oz of formula once in the early pm and once at night).
I asked my healthvisitor about this last week and she said not to worry. went to gp yesterday and he has prescribed some suppositories to use tommorrow if no change.
she seems ti strain quite a bit and gets upset during this. is also farting.
Any thoughts would be much appreciated ....what else can i try before th suppositories?
we put her on formula twice a day as she just wasnt settling after breast feeds ...kept crying, needing frequent feedings... also she wasnt putting on much weight. i'm 'scared' to go back to that. But the constipation is also a worry. Do you think she might get used to the formula eventually or is this likely to persist? if so then maybe I can try to do away with the afternoon formula?
which formula do you use? Aptamil and cow and gate both contain prebiotics that are supposed to help keep the poo soft. My ds was solely formula fed and pooed every 2-3 days but as it was still soft and not like hard rabbit droppings then he wasnt counted as being constipated. If your lo's is still soft when it arrives then it is not constipation - she just doesnt poo much.
hi, she is only teeny though & very soon, she'll settle with just bf. Ref the weight, babies aren't meant to be big. If it helps, my DD is still tiny, she is 2 & I worked out she is on something like the 2nd centile. She's as bright as a button though : - ) & full of energy. She fed every 2 hours until she was about 4 mths. At night she woke about 12, fed, then went straight to sleep again.
The reason your DD is more settled on the formula is because her body is struggling to digest it & she is zonked out. BM is obviously very easy to digest.
Could you express earlier in the day & then give her that ?
You could try 2 more weeks of BF & then if no difference, give her the formula again ?
My DS was fully formula fed and we had this too. Doc recommended adding an extra ounce of water to each bottle. So a 2 scoop/2 oz bottle would be 2 scoops and 3 ounces of water. I did this from then on and no problems after.
(I know they say not to tamper with formula measure but it is the adding of extra formula that is dangerous not extra water unless really diluting obv.)