Breastfeeding is one of the healthiest things you can do for your baby. It’s one of those things that you can do to help ensure that your child gets all the nutrition that he needs. There are 101 reasons (maybe even more) to breastfeed your child. Perhaps, one of the biggest reason to do so is because of the health benefits that it can give, not only to your baby but to you as well.
Some mamas think that breastfeeding babies mean getting away from all sorts of troubles and worries but that’s wrong. Just because your child is breastfed does not mean he is going to be 100% alright all of the time. And just because you are breastfeeding doesn’t mean that you won’t to experience worrying about even the most trivial things, especially if you’re a first-time mom.
One of the most common concerns breastfeeding moms have is their baby’s poop. There are lots of misconceptions about a breasffed baby’s poop, be it about its consistency, frequency, or overall appearance. A breastfed baby not pooping is a common concern, too, and it is something that most new moms will get stressed about. If you’re baby is breastfed and is not pooping, be sure to keep reading to know why and what you can do about it.
Before we get started and go any further, you should know that breastfed babies can go for days without pooping. If you’re wondering why that is, it’s because there’s very little waste coming from breastmilk that needs to be excreted by the body since it has the perfect nutritional balance for your little one.
As it turns out, babies who are breastfed exclusively can go days, and sometimes even weeks without passing stool. Some moms might think that a breastfed baby not pooping regularly is a sign of constipation, but it’s really nothing to worry about. In fact, constipation is rare in breastfed babies, and not having your child poop every single day is pretty normal.
What Can I Do About It?
As a mom, you may feel that it is your responsibility to get everything right on track for your baby, and that includes his poop schedule. No matter how many times people tell you that it’s normal for your breastfed baby not to poop, and no matter how many times you read about it on the internet from experts themselves, you may still feel this urge to do everything in your power to help him go potty. That’s fine and it’s totally
normal. If you want to make sure that your baby can poop with ease while being breastfed, here are some of the things that you can do to help.
If you suspect that your baby is suffering from constipation, hence the absence of poop, you can try doing the “I Love You” massage on him. This massage is an effective way to help your baby go when he is constipated. It targets the bowels and helps get things moving. Try watching this video and following along.
If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby who is below six months old, do not supplement his breastmilk with anything, including water. You may think hydrating him more with water or giving him prune juice to aid his bowel movements is a good idea but it’s really not and it may even cause more harm than good.
Yes, it may sound funny but keeping a poop journal for your baby and keeping track of his poop and other details (color, consistency, smell, amount of poop present, how baby feels, etc.) can really help with a lot of things. It will give you a clue of what’s normal, what’s not and what to expect and might even help you determine if your baby is constipated or not. You can also use your poop journal as a reference, should you decide to do #4.
If you’re really feeling worried about your breastfed baby not pooping and you want some peace of mind, the best thing to do is go to the doctor to ask if you should ignore the situation or take extra caution.
Your doctor will most likely want to know details about the poop to come up with a more accurate diagnosis so having a poop journal will come in handy.
Remember that all babies are different and that what works for me may not work for you. With that said, try not to self-medicate your baby and give him unnecessary stuff for his bowels. If you’re really concerned about him pooping, you can just drop by your baby’s doctor to get a more detailed explanation and more helpful instructions.
Have you tried dealing with a baby who hasn’t pooped in so long? What was your first reaction? Did you go to the doctor to have his bowels checked out or did you just let it be? Tell us more about your experience with this topic in the comment section!
I’m Christina Simpson and I am a mother of 2 little princesses and a dear little boy. I like to write stuff on PassionMommy, a blog about parenting and motherhood that aims to help other moms in distress (that is, when I’m not at a tea party with my girls or looting treasures with my little pirate boy).