Constipation in 3 Months Old
My 3 month old, breastfed baby seems constipated. Since she hit 3 months, she poops every 3 or 4 days. Strictly breastfed.
Now recently she didn't poop for 1 week and I took her to the doctor. He inserted his finger up her rectum to check for any hard substance but found none. Right after she had a full bowel motion, but he said to give her lots of liquids, nothing to worry about he said.
She did it for another 3 days, but now another week and nothing.
I don't wanna use the bowel insertion thing, can be too dangerous... What else to do?
PS. I work full time and my baby hardly takes the bottle, refusing it (w breast milk), I go home at lunch time to feed her and then at 5 pm when I get home. Think maybe its because she hardly feeds?
Baby Help Line Response:
Breastfed 3 Month Old Constipated Or Not...
It is actually normal for breastfed babies at around 3-4 months to have very infrequent bowel movements
. Two of our kids had periods of up to 14 days without any pooping at around this age. No problem, just less diaper changes.So what to do is actually nothing!
So you don't have to worry
as long as your baby is happy, gains weight and urinates as she should.
And you might be right, the infrequent feeds make her really digest everything she eats, but again, as long as she gains weight and is content it is not a problem.
If you do want her to eat more, try breastfeeding her frequently in the evenings
and maybe at night. Also, you can have her care-giver at daytime offer her milk in a cup or on a spoon instead
. Some babies prefer that. (Great thing that you manage to continue to breastfeed her despite going back to work!)Finally, check out our bottle-feeding tips
– maybe there are a few tricks you can try to make your baby accept the bottle.
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