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Newborn hasn't pooped in more than 48 hours... **Jen 51 kids; Waterloo, Ontario 527 posts
Jul 31st '12

Seems I should know this since she's my 3rd but I never had this problem with my boys. My baby was born on Friday and had several of the black poops over the first few days but the last one was about 2am Sunday. I saw a health nurse yesterday and she said to call my doctor if she still hadn't pooped by noon today. She hasn't. She doesn't seem especially fussy and she's eating often. She is breastfed and my milk came in yesterday. She has been passing gas a fair amount and it smells but it doesn't seem to be bothering her.
Is it really a big problem if she hasn't pooped? I've always heard some breastfed babies don't poop every day. I'm trying to decide if I should call the doctor, I probably will....

zombie. 2 kids; Leadville, Colorado 23606 posts
Jul 31st '12

my breastfed baby didnt poop for 5 days then it exploded. its normal

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15566 posts
Jul 31st '12

If she's fine, let it be. Breastfed babies poop significantly less than formula fed, because more of the milk is absorbed. They can go up to about a week with no pooping and be completely fine.

vagina. 3 kids; Titz, No, Germany 30934 posts
Jul 31st '12

Breastfed babies can go up to 10 (maybe more) days between poops.



Think of it like this, there's less waste & no fillers in breastmilk bc she is taking all the nutrients so there isn't much for her to poop! As long as she's having wet diapers, she's fine unless she starts straining to go & seems uncomfortable.

user banned Due September 14 (boy); 1 child; Rhode Island 6726 posts
Jul 31st '12

My LO is EBF and up until she was 6 weeks old she pooped at every feeding. Now at 2 months she poops once every 4 days.

Crystal Mom of 4 4 kids; New York 6309 posts
Jul 31st '12
Quoting i don't make vaginas.:" Breastfed babies can go up to 10 (maybe more) days between poops. Think of it like this, there's less ... [snip!] ... much for her to poop! As long as she's having wet diapers, she's fine unless she starts straining to go & seems uncomfortable."


This!

Drazzill Due February 16 (boy); 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Edmonton, Alberta 2207 posts
Jul 31st '12

I had no idea that breastfed babies could go so long without pooping. When my daughter was a baby she pooped like 2 times a day and she was BF for 18 months!

**Jen 51 kids; Waterloo, Ontario 527 posts
Jul 31st '12

She wasn't really peeing before my milk came in but since it has she's doing that just fine :)
She honestly does seem just fine... I'm not really sure why the nurse thought I should call the doctor if she doesn't poop. I'm sure any mother with a new baby understands when I say I really don't want to end up making a pointless appointment just to be told she's fine and it's normal! We're all tired at this point!

let it be California 41018 posts
Jul 31st '12

<blockquote><b>Quoting zombie.:</b>" my breastfed baby didnt poop for 5 days then it exploded. its normal"</blockquote>




Same. Drives me nuts!

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49166 posts
Jul 31st '12

Brest fed babys can go days with out pooping mine goes about every 3 days. I give her 1 bottle of fourmla because she likes warm milk at night i think i might start pumping for her night bottle.

um... Rutland, Vermont 597 posts
Jul 31st '12

My LO is now 11 days old but when we first brought her home she didnt poop for 24 hours so i called her doctor and they had me bring her right in. It turned out I wasnt producing enough milk. She was acting like she was full and wasnt crying for feedings but I guess she was so tired she was sleeping through them. When I brought her in it was a good thing I called because she lost over a pound! I then had to start supplementing with formula to make up for what I couldnt do. Shes now 11 days old and JUST started putting weight back on. I would call just to be safe.

taking a look at life Palm beach gardens, FL, United States 49166 posts
Jul 31st '12
Quoting Krystie W:" My LO is now 11 days old but when we first brought her home she didnt poop for 24 hours so i called her ... [snip!] ... to make up for what I couldnt do. Shes now 11 days old and JUST started putting weight back on. I would call just to be safe."


U dont want to supplment.... I had a ruff go... Getting blood causes u to loose some of ur supply, but i did end up getting it back. I talked with a LC about it. I would try nursing every 2 hours getting mother milk tea and these cookies from lll.org. But if ur fine with supplementing thats fine just trying to help u out.

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
Jul 31st '12

It's perfectly normal for an infant not to poop for up to 7 days.

**Jen 51 kids; Waterloo, Ontario 527 posts
Jul 31st '12

I did end up calling and they wanted me to come in. Turns out she pooped on the way there, she had a poopy diaper when we took her to be weighed then she pooped again while waiting for the doctor. She's pooped again since then too. She's doing really well and has gained back most of her lost weight already. She eats every 2 hours or less most of the time so it won't be long before she finishes gaining it back.

Squid Kid Unavailable, NA, United States 32450 posts
Jul 31st '12
Quoting **Jen:" I did end up calling and they wanted me to come in. Turns out she pooped on the way there, she had a ... [snip!] ... lost weight already. She eats every 2 hours or less most of the time so it won't be long before she finishes gaining it back."


When babies go through growth spurts, they won't poop because their body is using every last resource, so there's nothing left for "waste".