Fully breastfed or formula-fed babies sometimes stop pooping for several days. This can seem worrying and it can be. If your baby is not pooping, here’s how to know if it is normal or due to constipation. And, of course, what to do about it!
If your baby has started with solid foods and isn’t pooping, you might find this article helpful. Otherwise, read on!
The first time my baby stopped pooping I was bewildered. And worried. I mean, babies poop! They eat a lot and they poop a lot. But all of a sudden, my 3-month-old baby just stopped pooping. So, I had to figure out what was going on and what to do about it.
I went to the bottom of the situation and I share it all with you here. I’ll talk about why babies don’t poop, how to know if they are constipated, and if they are – what may be safe remedies for young babies
There are also probably over a hundred parents that have commented on this post, so you are definitely not alone with a baby who is not pooping!
In this article:
- Breastfed or formula-fed baby?
- Signs of constipation (and not)
- How to mitigate constipation
- How often does a baby poop
- Call the Doctor if…
- Helpful resources on baby poop
Babies that won’t poop the way we parents would expect are extremely common. Before I became a mom, it never crossed my mind how much time I would spend worrying about my children’s bowel movements. But I sure did. A lot happens during the first year, and a baby’s bowel movements will change a lot as the baby grows and his or her diet changes.
One of the more surprising things that happen, is babies that stop pooping completely for several days. It is easy and completely rational to believe this to be constipation. And it can be. But it also doesn’t have to be.
If your younger baby (still not on solid foods) doesn’t poop as frequently as you would expect, this article will walk you through when this can be considered completely normal and what are the signs of constipation in babies. We also talk about remedies and when to be enough worried to call the Doctor.
For older babies, that have been introduced to baby food, you can find many discussions on their bowel movements here.
Breastfed or formula-fed baby not pooping?
There’s a major difference in the risk of constipation between breastfed babies and those on formula.
If you are breastfeeding and if your baby has had normal breast milk poop earlier, but your baby is not pooping now, chances are that he or she is only going through a growth period and therefore actually absorbs pretty much everything he eats.
Also, at around 4 weeks of age, a baby’s digestive system begins to mature and the number of bowel movements usually decreases, especially if the baby is breastfed. If your baby seems completely happy and eats and urinates, just as usual, there is probably nothing you have to do. The poop will come.
If your baby is formula-fed, the risk of constipation is higher. Formula-fed babies are more prone to become constipated because the formula is much harder to digest than breast milk. Also, the formula can’t be as fully digested as breastmilk, so formula-fed babies, regardless of age, should have quite regular bowel movements. A formula fed babies should not go several days between pooping; for them, it can be a sign of constipation.
It is also important to know when your baby started having constipation problems and if he or she passed meconium in the first 36 hours of his or her life.
If the meconium passage was delayed and your baby has been having constipation since birth, one of the possible reasons for constipation might be Hirschsprung’s disease. This is a condition caused by the absence of neural ganglia in the terminal bowel regions. The absence of the ganglia leads to decreased bowel movement and hence constipation. The condition is usually screened for by performing a rectal exam in a constipated child during a routine pediatric visit. (You can read more about Hirschsprung’s disease here at Mayo Clinic. (Opens in new window)
If your baby is not pooping and has started with solid baby food (including cereal), you can find additional, helpful tips in these posts:
- Foods to soften hard stools for baby
- Breastfed baby only eating a little bit of solid baby food, and still can’t poop
- 8-month-old baby refuses to poop
Signs of constipation (and not) in babies
Here are some signs of constipation to look for:
- In a newborn, firm stool less than once a day with straining and difficulty passing them
- In older babies, firm stools less often than 7 days for breast-fed babies and 4 days for bottle-fed babies
- Dry, hard stools and pain on passing them
- Hard, pebble-like stools passed by a baby who strains during a bowel movement
- Signs of blood along the outside of the poop
- Belly pain along with hard, infrequent stools
How to mitigate constipation
While it is normal for babies will strain from time to time to move the stool along through the intestines, crying hard is not. If you want to do something to help your baby while straining, try holding his or her knees against his or her chest to help your baby “squat”. This is also very effective for tummy pain to release gas.
If your baby is bottle-fed you can experiment with different types of formula to find the one that has the least tendency to result in constipation. For some babies, soy-based formulas work better. For others, a hydrolysate formula, such as Nutramigen (link to Amazon) can make a real difference.
You can also feed your baby smaller amounts of formula more frequently, to help the intestines cope with the formula. Twice as often is a rule of thumb.
Make sure that you don’t add too much formula powder when preparing the formula. Take care not to overfill or tightly pack the scoop.
You can also try offering your baby some extra water – about 1 oz once or twice a day.
If you breastfeed at all, you can try to increase the share of breast milk your baby gets. Breast milk is a great laxative.
There are also baby laxatives or glycerin suppositories available, but don’t use them more than as a last resort. It is much better to try to change what your baby eats than to use short-term solutions like these are.
Another short-term option, that can be used once in a while, is to insert a q-tip very gently into your baby’s anus. Sometimes that is enough to trigger the bowel movement. Just don’t make it a habit; the baby needs to learn how to poop without your help.
How often does a baby poop
How often the average baby will poop depends on his or her age as well as on if breastfed or formula fed:
- A newborn baby, from day 5 or 6 of living, may poop after every feeding.
- At 1-month-old, the average is still some 4 times per day.
- By the time your baby is 2 months old, the average has dropped to 1 time per day.
- At 3 months, a fully breastfed baby may go for up to 10 or 14 days without pooping. They grow rapidly and digest practically everything they consume. This can continue until the baby is introduced to solid baby food. This is not true for formula-fed babies, who really should continue pooping more or less every day.
Remember that the variation can be quite large and your baby is not likely to be constipated unless you notice some of the symptoms described above.
Two of my kids had periods at around 3 months old when they pooped every 10-14 days. Very convenient… However, they were both completely breastfed and showed no signs of constipation or illness.
Call the Doctor if Baby is not Pooping and…
If your baby is a few days old and has not pooped regular breast milk or formula poop, definitely call a doctor, to rule out any blockage and make sure your baby eats enough.
For a newborn baby that has pooped and then stopped, I would contact a pediatrician if it has been a couple of days since your baby pooped, regardless of if the baby is breastfed or formula fed. This is to get advice on possible treatment for constipation and to make sure that your baby is completely healthy.
For older babies, if they are in pain (regardless of it the poop is hard or not), a doctor should assess the situation.
Blood in poop, beyond some streaks, should also be assessed. (You’ll find more guidelines on blood in your baby’s poop here.
Finally, if your baby continues to be constipated despite your efforts to adjust his or her diet, this is another good reason to discuss the situation with a pediatrician. Your baby may be allergic to milk protein or lactose intolerant, for example, and need a new type of formula. (Read more about milk protein allergy and different formulas here.)
Don’t use baby laxatives or glycerin suppositories without consulting a doctor first. It may be completely unnecessary.
Helpful Resources on Baby Poop
If you want more in-depth information and tips on baby poop issues, here are a few books to check out. (Links to Amazon)
- Baby Poop: What Your Pediatrician May Not Tell You … about Colic, Reflux, Constipation, Green Stools, Food Allergies, and Your Child’s Immune Health.
- Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Common Sense Guide to Your Baby’s First Year.
- The Ins and Outs of Poop: A Guide to Treating Childhood Constipation.
- It’s No Accident: Breakthrough Solutions To Your Child’s Wetting, Constipation, Utis, And Other Potty Problems.
I wish you and your baby good luck!
(Answer approved by our Medical Reference Team)
More On Constipation In Babies
- What can I give my baby for constipation?
- Pooping in difficult for my preemie
- My 4-month-old has not pooped in 2 days
my baby girl’s a week old and not pooped in a day.
My baby girl is 1 week old and she as not had a poop in a day is there anything to worry about and what can I do about it??..my baby is bottle-fed. but she doesn’t seem stressed or shes not crying… x
6 week old constipated?
My 6 week old has been breastfed and supplemented with formula. Poos weren’t a problem at first but about a week ago he stopped going. His poos were always pretty liquidy. We’ve tried Lactulose and glycerin suppositories (recommended by dr) The suppositories worked twice but not today. I have switched his formula from Good Start to Similac. Do you think he’s got an allergy and not actually constipated since his poos were never hard?
baby hasn’t pooped in 7 days
My baby is breastfed and formula-fed and eats cereal twice a day and this is the longest period of time since he had a bowel movement. Of course, he does not eat all of this in one sitting. I alternate. He is 4 months. I cut back on one of cereal feedings and I just started giving him some prune juice. He doesn’t seem to be in pain for the most part. What should I do?
21 day old baby – hasn’t pooped in 3 days
My baby girl is just under three weeks old. I am breastfeeding and supplementing with Similac Advanced (2/3 breast milk, maybe 1/3 formula). Mostly she has bowel movements that we were told were to be expected (seedy and loose about 6-8 times a day). Since Saturday, she hasn’t gone at all. Normally, I might not worry, but she seems to be in a good deal of discomfort (she constantly has her little knees up to her chest, she doesn’t sleep well or soundly and she is consistently straining, face getting red and then crying a bit (even in her sleep she’s crying – poor thing!).
If I don’t have Vaseline, can I use Lanolin on a Q-Tip to put in her rectum in hopes to loosen things up for her? I just want her to be comfortable again – it’s breaking my heart to see her so uncomfortable.
I have been attempting to only breastfeed the past 24 hours, but it’s a bit hard since my milk production is not as free-flowing and I need to feed her when she gets hungry. Is there a better formula I could or should be using?
Any advice or help is greatly appreciated!!!!
We have been giving our child cows milk. We buy the milk from the farm (raw milk), then boil it and add a few essential oils such as Fish oil, flaxseed oil, Coconut oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil. All oils are organic and cold-pressed. Cows milk from the farm is very healthy, unlike the pasteurized so-called organic milk you buy in the stores. However, it is still not mothers milk and you have to add the above oils in small amounts to bring it as close to the real thing as possible.
We tried formula but it made our child more constipated.
We noticed that even though she would go to the bathroom there were times when soft balls of stool would form that would hard for her to pass out. So we gave her an enema with distilled water. We put half cups (small cup) of water into the enema held and let it sit for one minute then pushed her knees to her chest and she pushed these soft yellow lumpy stools out.
The enemas work but when you give them the enema you should give the child bifido infantis bacteria afterward to replace the bacteria that you might have expelled. You can mix this in her milk
Please if you are worried about your child, don’t type on the internet!!! Go to your doctor. He is far more qualified than any of us!
Oh and as far as glucose syrup, brown sugar, anything sweet, etc. Don’t give this to your child it can cause tooth decay. In the UK we are strictly told never ever feed your child glucose or sugar in water.
Please remember… These are your babies! Would you trust a stranger in the streets advice or a qualified doctor?
my baby hasn’t poo for the past 24 hours>>>5days old
by: green lantern
My daughter hasn’t pooped for the past 24 hours and she’s on breastfeed and formula milk. I am worried already. Pls give me answers and advise. thanks.
2 mo. old and poop
My 2-month-old baby used to have a regular stool every day. Recently that has changed and she sometimes doesn’t go for 3-4 days. She moves as though she is uncomfortable. She is a breastfed and bottle baby. And because breastfed babies don’t pass a stool every day and sometimes can go 3-4 days w/out stooling, it still concerns me because she still gets formula. I have consulted her doctor and he suggested that I try Laro syrup with water. That didn’t work. He then suggested that I give her glycerin suppositories (FLEET) but only half, since she’s still so young. It helps her pass a stool almost instantly, but I know it should only be your last resort.
baby not pooping
For the person who says not to get advice from the internet. It doesn’t mean we follow it but want to know if anyone else is having the same problems and if they were given the same advice as us. My doctor said to give 1 tsp of dark Karo syrup to 1 to 2 bottles a day if constipated. I wouldn’t recommend using suppositories on a regular basis. I use a Qtip to get my 3 wk old started but only after she hasn’t pooped in 3 to 4 days. She is formula fed Similac Advance. If she doesn’t get the hang of it in a couple more weeks we go back to the doctor.
My son is now 2 months old and has a bowel movement usual every morning…however, he strains non-stop from morning through the night. This causes him not to sleep during the night because he pushes non-stop. We have tried Karo syrup and have recently tried the q-tip with Vasoline. I hate seeing my son strain all the time it is heart-breaking. He eats about 4oz every 2-4 hrs (formula). We have switched him from Enfamil Gentelese and now are on Parent Choice soy. He seems to like the soy and doesn’t throw up anymore from it. my doctor says the straining is normal and it bothers me because I think she thinks I’m over exaggerating about it. Any help would be great or if anyone is going through this same thing I would love to hear.
Thick and sticky stools
MY BABY IS 6 WEEKS OLD AND FORMULA FED. SHE GOES ABOUT 3 DAYS WITHOUT A BOWEL MOVEMENT. SHE DOES STILL PASS GAS, THOUGH. AT TIMES, SHE IS FUSSY. WHEN SHE DOES HAVE A BOWEL MOVEMENT, SHE DOESN’T SEEM TO BE IN PAIN. SHE JUST HAS A THICK STICKY STOOL AND THEN SOMETIMES WITH THAT SAME BOWEL MOVEMENT, SOME SOFTER STOOL FOLLOWS. WE HAVE SWITCHED HER FORMULA FROM SIMILAC ISOMIL SOY TO PARENTS CHOICE SENSITIVITY. HER DR. SAID TO TRY EITHER A SUPPOSITORY OR TO CHANGE HER FORMULA, WHICH IS WHEN WE SWITCHED TO THE SENSITIVE. WE DO GIVE HER AN OUNCE OF APPLE JUICE MIXED WITH AN OUNCE OF WATER JUST BEFORE SHE GOES TO BED AND THIS IS WHAT PRODUCES THE STICKY BOWEL MOVEMENT IN THE MORNING. IF WE DON’T GIVE THE JUICE, WATER MIXTURE, THEN NO POOP. WE HAVE ALSO DONE THE KARO SYRUP, (ONE TEASPOON TO 4 OUNCES OF FORMULA) AND THIS ONLY WORKS SOMETIMES. IS THIS KIND OF BOWEL MOVEMENT OKAY OR SHOULD WE TRY SOMETHING ELSE? I DON’T WANT TO START SUPPOSITORIES IF WE DON’T HAVE TO. THANKS FOR YOUR RESPONSE IN ADVANCE.
5 week old having a hard time pooping
My five week old has not been pooping for the last 7 days, I was told to give him a suppository by the Dr so I did and that is the only way he will go poop. When I did this he had a very firm and dark green poop . My other 2 kids were lactose intolerant and were on soy milk never had this problem before, my 5-week-old is on Similac Advance do you think it could be iron or the lactose in the milk? Should I put him on a soy based formula? So confused and can’t get him to see the Dr for another 2 weeks
Regarding the 5 weeks old not pooping
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
I think it is great that you have contacted your baby’s doctor again for evaluation. In the meantime, why not try soy-based formula and see if it helps. Are your other children lactose intolerant or do they have a milk protein allergy? In any case, soy-based formula might help.Green stools are considered normal, while hard aren’t. A formulafed baby “should” poop every day, as opposed to a breastfed baby, who can go for many days without pooping. So your baby does show clear signs of constipation. And constipation can be a sign of milk allergy.In addition to trying a milk-free formula, make sure you don’t add too much powder to your baby’s formula. You can also try baby massage to help your baby’s digestive system.
I wish you good luck! If you find solutions for your baby, please come back and let other moms know what you did.
HASN’T EATEN FOR 48 HOURS
My son 4-months-old hasn’t pooped for almost 48 hours he is formula fed now I started him on formula bout a month ago because I got infected and started bleeding and he was pooping about 2 times a day and now for almost 48 hours and I’m really getting worried and he is on Similac Sensitive and was doing good on it but now I’m just worried but he farts like he is pooping but really isn’t fussy.
breast milk to formula and back
I have a 3-week-old daughter. She has been breastfed but I have recently switched to formula and she hasn’t pooped for 2 days. I have now switched back to breast milk but she still hasn’t pooped..what should I do??
Continue breastfeed (to anonymous)
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
Hi, Just continue breastfeeding. Your baby probably got a bit constipated from the formula, which is very common. Unless your baby seems to be in pain or doesn’t poop for several more days, you don’t have to do anything more. If the constipation seems very painful, you can try a glycerine suppository for infants. Since you are now back to breastfeeding, your baby will not get constipated again, until you stop breastfeeding or start with formula and/or solid foods.
Good luck, Paula
cereal in bottle made poop firm
I have a 2-month-old daughter who is on formula. She used to poop every other day and it was kinda thick and she would grunt and turn red. About a 2 weeks ago the pediatrican told me to start putting cereal in her bottle. Now when she poops it’s not very much and it’s firm and She has a lot of trouble. When I stopped breastfeeding and started giving her formula the doctor told us to give her Karo syrup to help her poop but it didn’t work. What else can I do to make her poop less firm and easier to pass?
my son hasn’t poo for the past 3 days
My son is 2 months old and he hasn’t pooped for the past 3 days. I’m a bit worry cause I don’t know why is this happening. I’m breastfeeding. Is this normal? Can anyone tell me or explain it to me?
The information given is very useful, thank you!
5 months old not pooping
My son is 5 months old and he has been not pooping, it’s been 4 days . I’m so worried . I only breastfeeding him. help???
by: Baby Helpline – Paula
To uka w 5 month baby,
Since you only breastfeed, the situation is completely normal. No need to do anything. It can take up to 14 days between bowel movements for only breastfed babies at 5 months old.
5 month old has not pooped for 5 days
Hi, I would really appreciate some advice.
My boy is 5 months old, He has not pooped for the past 5 days and I feel very concerned. He has been crying much more in the day and has started to wake up crying for no apparent reason in the night. I am assuming this is because he is constipated.
He is predominantly breastfed, with a formula feed given to him during the night. We started him on solids about 3 weeks ago. He normally poo’s on a daily basis.
What should I do? Please help.
My 2month old not pooping
My 2-month-old son is not pooping for a month now. Until 1 month old he used to do it 5-6 times a day but all of a sudden he stopped pooping. From now on he only poops if he is given lactulose syrup or an enaema using rectal pills ( both adviced by pediatrician) He is not pooping, though I’m not waiting for more than 4 days.
He is putting up weight which shows that his digestive system is fine.
Do anyone have this problem or can anyone help me know some home remedies or do I need to go for a 2nd opinion.
3 days so far
by: Ana Karenina
My baby Akirah is nearly 2 months old. She is breastfed and I eat mainly raw foods. She was born healthy, natural birth at home! 🙂 She went 10 days with no signs of poop (after the initial black poop and a few times mustard poop), then 9 after we used a glycerine suppository (which I regretted giving straight after, but never again!) and now it is the 13th day. I do not worry but wonder. I know she is growing as I can see the changes and hope she will poop when it is needed. She pees very often (since she was born she has been diaperless, we pee her on a potty and she cues us when she needs – read “diaper free baby”).
I wish to let nature take its course.
baby not pooping
Hey, my baby is 5 days old and has only had one bowel movement, that was when we were still in the hospital, he is breastfed and pees still. He didn’t take for a day or two, so is he still playing catch up?
making a baby poop
Well, what you have to do to make your baby poop is give your baby 1/2 of tsp of prune baby food trust me I have 6 kids and adopted 1 and raised all my brothers and sisters and all my 16 grandkids.
baby ant been poo in 18 hours plz help
Hi, my little boy is premature – 5 weeks early – he is just over 1week old. In hospital he was feeding on nutroprem 2 and midwife told us we can buy from any chemist so my girlfriend went chemist and asked the man he gave her cow & gate 2 hungry babies, when we got home we feed him for 24hours but he was only drinking about a 1oz every 3 to 4 hours and pulling faces, so we rang gp and he told us he will prescribe us nutroprem 2 his been feeding on this now for 18 hours but ain’t been a poo for nearly 16hours. He ain’t in pain still sleeping and drinking about a 1 and half oz every 3 or 4 hours. He looks normal. Tryin to strain every now and then but no poo just wee, is there any problems plz help I am a dad and scared lol
by: Baby Helpline (Paula)
Hi Dad, Congratulations on your little one!
First of all, I assume he has passed normal poop (not meconium) earlier this week? If not you should talk to his doctor immediately.
Since he is so young and hasn’t pooped for 18 hours he does sound constipated. It is possible that the formula should be changed, but again, being a preemie, I think you should talk to his doctor to get advice rather than experiment yourself. Constipation isn’t dangerous but can be painful for your little one.
Go ahead and get a doctor’s or midwife appointment asap and discuss how to proceed.
3-month-old baby not pooping
Please advise me. My 3 months old baby boy is not pooping for 6 days now – is it normal? He is bottle feed and breastfed. I’m really worried since it’s my first time.. I hope someone can answer my problem.. thank you
Help my baby
I have an 8 months baby boy who is straining when passing stool from the day one of birth. He is screaming and the tears will fall down. The stool is very very hard like stone and sometimes it got stuck in the anus’s mouth and leave it open until I try to push it inside. Please help my baby.
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
Have you taken your child to a doctor? This does not seem normal in my opinion. It is very possible that he has some food intolerance or even allergy. Have you ever discussed with a doctor to delete all dairy products from his diet (including any formula that contains milk protein)? For some children with continuous constipation, this can make a huge difference.
I really think you should talk to a pediatrician to see if there is anything that can be done to help your son.
I wish you the best,
My breastfed 4-month-old son did not poop for more almost 3 weeks. I saw his doctor and she said that is perfectly normal. I thought babies should go at least once a day every day but that’s not the case.
Get an ear bud and put baby lotion at the end and shove the tip in and move it around and u will see 3 days worth of poop come out they are just constipated help them poop by doing that and bending their knees to the stomach to help them push once done heat up olive oil and rub on their stomach after a bath and you should see them pass easier
My wife is currently breastfeeding our 2-month-old and he rarely poops. It seems as if he only poops when we give him a regular feeding of prune juice. I have heard that breast milk is easy to digest and I know that our bodies eliminate only the things that are not needed. So I believe that our son is digesting the milk at such a high rate that he rarely poops and there is no need to worry. However, my wife thinks otherwise. What do you think? Is it unusual for a 2-month-old to go 4 days without having a bowel movement?
3 1/2 month old baby not pooping
My 3 1/2 month old son is not pooping every day.
He used to poop regularly until 1 1/2 months old and then he has suddenly stopped. If he does not poop alternate days whatever milk he drinks (breastfed) he spits up.
Making him poop with Q-tip alternate days now, but I’m really worried how long it will take for himself to poop coz using Q-tip should not become a habit.
Let it come naturally
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
Have you tried simply letting the poop take its time? Breastfed babies may go on for days and even weeks without pooping and nothing is wrong. I really think you should stop using the Qtip and let the poop come naturally if possible. Your baby does need to strain and push, it is natural. If he has a slight tendency for reflux, it is not surprising that the straining makes him spit up a bit. Try keeping him in an upright position as much as possible (maybe carry him in a sling) and also increase the feeding frequency and cut down on slightly on every portion to help him.
3 days old, first night home
First-time father, up all night first night. I know that this is the right of passage, but really reaching out here:
3-day-old girl pooped fine at maternity ward (from colostrum milk), but Mum has moved on to normal milk and I haven’t seen a poop in close to 24 hours. Would be fine, base on what I’ve seen above, but she keeps on feeding and is otherwise completely inconsolable. Mum is exhausted and Dad can only figure there is some terrible indigestion going on.
I haven’t found anyone talking about someone so young above. Should I be taking this to the midwives?
CONSTIPATED 4 MONTH OLD
MY 4-MONTH-OLD HAS NOT HAD ANY PROBLEMS POOPING BUT I SWITCHED HER TO SOY FORMULA BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN FUSSY 24 HOURS A DAY AND VERY GASSY. AND I ALSO TRIED GIVING HER A FEW SPOONS OF BABY OATMEAL ONCE, WHICH WAS A COUPLE DAYS AGO. SHE HASN’T POOPED FOR TWO DAYS. I ALSO SWITCHED HER FORMULA 3 DAYS AGO AND TRIED THE OATMEAL 4 DAYS AGO. SO I WASN’T SURE WHICH AS MAKING HER CONSTIPATED THE SOY FORMULA OR OATMEAL? THEREFORE I DON’T KNOW IF I SHOULD GO BACK TO THE REGULAR FORMULA OR KEEP HER ON THE SOY BUT DON’T GIVE HER ANY OATMEAL UNTIL SHE IS A LITTLE OLDER.ANY ADVICE?
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
Hi Rachel, Since you added both soy formula and oatmeal at the same time it isn’t easy to know which is causing the constipation. I would bet on the oatmeal, but who knows.
I’d suggest you switch back completely, and then slowly try to move over to soy formula if you want to. Only when you know how that works, consider oatmeal.
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)
Hi, Congratulations on your baby! I am sorry to hear, though, that things are a bit shaky. (But you’re certainly not alone with that!)
Is your daughter breastfed or formula fed? If she is breastfeeding, mom’s milk is just now starting to flow abundantly and it is not strange if it takes a couple of days before the real breast milk poop comes. If she is formula fed, though, she might be constipated and it may be worth talking to the midwife about it. Actually, talk to your midwife anyway. Being a first-time parent is a big thing and they are there to help with all questions, big and small.
Regarding your wife, yes, she is likely to be completely exhausted and her hormones are also all over the place after giving birth and even more so if she is now starting to breastfeed.
Within a few days, when her milk supply is up, both her and particularly your baby is likely to be more content. But remember that it may take a couple of weeks or more before the breastfeeding works smoothly. It can be quite painful in the beginning and frustrating too before everything works. (Who said becoming a parent would be easy…?)
How wonderful that you are reaching out and trying to help! Just continue to try to help your wife and if she is too exhausted, do take the initiative to talk to your midwife.
Your baby is so young; everything will better soon, I promise!
2months old twins (BOY and GIRL) not poo .
I have twins (boy and girl) and they are 2 months old. It has always been a problem that they poop after three-four days and that too hard. It is not smooth. I am breastfeeding them and even though they are not poo’ing easily.
They vomit very often and feel dull to some extent. I feel improper pooing may be the reason for all this.
so please help me and suggest me some tips for their easy pooing.
not pooping because of food?
My 4-month-old has just started eating baby food and I’m still breastfeeding her but she has not had a good poop in 4 days and is waking up in the night screaming and she used to sleep all night, but in the day she is happy. What can I do for her?
23 MONTHS AND STILL HAVING A HARD TIME POOPING
My daughter who is now 22 months has had problems with her bowels since she was a day old.she would strain, over the past while she now stands straight and tightens her bum cheeks and grunts and cries and when it’s coming near her anal it gets worse..and have to crab her and push her legs up to her stomach to relieve the poop..I have tried suppositories, didn’t work, tried laxative did work but don’t feel like giving her that because in all sense would make it lazy for taking poops, I tried colliac, lacrolos, she doesn’t have any appetite. So I just a week ago took her off milk and I notice that she is eating more than what she was, which is good. My daughter is very tiny because of all these problems.
I took her to the ped, fam doctor and to the er and no one has answers. I have also been given her cranberry juice.
Today she had a poop on her own. Still grunting but no pain.
So I am wondering if removing the milk from her is what the problem was.
I did not breastfeed, I used formula powder and liquid and changed a few times because we didn’t know what was wrong..so all and all I have tried everything oh mineral oil and prune, I mean lots of prunes and the child still didn’t poop, so if there is anyone out there that knows why or how taking milk out of her diet and she seems to be doing better. does that mean she is allergic, I know she can’t have egg whites, she broke out in hives etc..thanks
Baby Not Pooping
It’s normal to worry about these things. My son’s pediatrician says that it’s normal for breastfed babies to have very little bowel movement. I’m still breastfeeding my now 7-month-old son and we are still having this issue. He poops once every week or two but he isn’t in any pain. I don’t know if this helps at all but I know what you’re going through. Good Luck
newborn girl is 2wks old & hasn’t pooped in just over a day.. Should i be worried?
My newborn little girl is 2wks old, pooping like normal up until just over a day ago, yellow in color, last poo was not solid but almost in consistency, she’s formula fed cow& gate 1, she farts & wee’s a lot but still no poo in 26hrs.. Should i be worrieI or what should i do? As I’ve tried feeding her water & that ain’t worked at all.. Please let me know a.s.a.p. Thanx.
12 Week Old Baby
My daughter is breastfed and formula fed. We use the formula to supplement her. Her last bowel movement was 5 days ago. But the only reason she went was because we were taking her temperature rectally and I guess it made her go. She passes gas all the time, is that any indicator that she is fine? Or should I be worried? (she is on Enfamil 0-12mo and will get 4oz twice a day) Please let me know. Thank you!
THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO LANA
I HAVE THREE CHILDREN AGES FIVE,TWO, AND FIVE MONTHS. THEY HAVE ALL HAD PROBLEMS WITH CONSTIPATION. MY BABY RECENTLY HAD PROBLEMS POOPING BECAUSE I HAD SWITCHED HER FORMULA. I MEAN I EVEN TOOK HER TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM BECAUSE SHE WAS SCREAMING EVERY TIME SHE PUSHED. BUT BEFORE I SWITCHED FORMULA SHE POOPED JUST FINE. SO I SWITCHED BACK. AND SHES GOOD NOW. I THINK MAYBE BREASTFEEDING AND GIVING FORMULA COULD BE THE PROBLEM BECAUSE THEIR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM IS SO SENSITIVE. THEY GET USED TO BREAST MILK AND THEN THEY GET THE FORMULA. I BET IF YOU JUST STICK TO ONE YOU WILL SEE A BIG DIFFERENCE. WHEN I SWITCHED FORMULA WITH MY BABY SHE WAS CONSTIPATED IN ONE DAY.
BUT IF SHE IS STILL CONSTIPATED YOU SHOULD TRY INFANT GLYCERIN SUPPOSITORIES OR PUTTING UNSCENTED VASELINE ON A Q-TIP AND LUBING UP THE BABY’S RECTUM. THAT’S WHAT THE DOCTORS HAVE ALWAYS TOLD ME TO DO AND IT REALLY HELPS IT SLIP RIGHT OUT. ALSO HOLDING THE BABY’S LEGS PUSHING AGAINST THE STOMACH WHILE TRYING TO POOP REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE. TRUST ME I DEAL WITH CONSTIPATION EVERY DAY WITH ONE OF MY KIDS. GOOD LUCK. YOU SHOULD REALLY PICK EITHER BREAST MILK OR FORMULA. I REALLY THINK THAT IS THE REASON FOR CONSTIPATION. ALSO, SOY FORMULA REALLY CONSTIPATED MY KIDS. I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE YOU USE BUT I WOULD TRY A NON SOY FORMULA IF YOU DO USE SOY.
3 and a half mnths old have not poop in 4 days.
My son has not pooped since Thursday and now its Monday night and still no poop. He is breastfed in the nights and weekends and in the days, he is formulafed (soy). He gets a little water occasionally. I’m worried as to why he has not pooped. I’m scared of trying the Q tip thing n I’m not sure if he is ready to start drinking prune juice or apple juice. Please give me ur advise
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
Can’t you just wait him out for some more time? He is mainly breastfed during the weekends, and might simply have digested all the milk he drinks. i wouldn’t worry unless he is in pain.
Try a warm bath and some tummy massage and wait for a couple of days more.
22 months was having problems since she was 2 weeks old solved
Not sure this will help anyone but I have had so many issues with my daughter straining and screaming and in pain, brought her to the hospital, nothing gave her a suppository, doctors, colic and lacrulose, on and on.
Well, I decided since she was old enough to take her off milk completely. She is now 22 months and to a great surprise, took about a week, giving her lots of water and cranberry juice, still giving her some yogurt etc.. and she has been pooping with no pain or constipation. Don’t know what to tell you. I think today children are having problems digesting the formula and milk..they can’t break down the enzymes.
I wish there was an answer for such a young age as they need the formula and milk, but it is so much better now that I have her off milk..at his point I am looking into finding out what she needs for calcium intake as it is important for there growth and bones..and SHE IS EATING BETTER..LOT BETTER..seemed before she didn’t have any appetite.. now hungry.
Watch out for rice cereal! Our child became soo constipated after eating it! It is often listed as the best starter food but it is bad for bunging up a babies bowels… Feed baby veggies first, good old peas and carrots with some water and grind them up! I would suggest avoiding highly processed (even if they are organic) baby cereals… Once older if your baby can tolerate oatmeal, cook stealcut oats (not instant or quick oats) and grind them up. Solids are to be started at 6 mtns. Babies’ system is then ready for them, too early and it can be a problem. So they say. Good luck to all.
Thanks for all the input Paula. It’s very reassuring, I can sleep now!!!
4 weeks baby
My baby is 4 weeks and hasn’t pooed for last 36 hours, I can’t see any reaction from her but I am worrying about it. She is bottlefed.
12 weeks old and hasn‘t pooped in 2 days
by: worried mom
I’m mainly breastfeeding but I do give him formula 2-4 times a day. He is still eating every 2 hours. But he has not pooped in 2 days and seems to be is a lot of discomfort. I’m being told by friends to take him to the E.R and this is not normal. On top of he will not sleep, I assume from having an upset tummy.
What do I do!? Please, any advice will help!
I have been having the same issues along with everyone. Except that my 5-month-old son is having rice cereal 2 times a day and a little fruit puree. I also breastfeed with no formula. It has been almost two days since his last poopy diaper. Along with everyone else can’t figure out if this is just a change or is this constipation. Any suggestions.
BABY NOT POOPING
My baby is two days old and hasn’t pooped yet, the nurses at the hospital say just after I gave birth she did, but never again. should I be worried?
To parent with 2 days old
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
For a start, since your baby has passed meconium in hospital, you do not have to worry that there is something wrong or some kind of blockage. Are you breastfeeding? If so, it usually takes a few days before engorgement starts and the milk starts flowing abundantly. Before this happens, it is no surprise that your baby isn’t pooping, because he isn’t eating very much.
But as soon as your baby starts eating more often and mom has started to produce milk, your baby should, in general, be pooping breast milk poop (yellow and seedy usually) more or less after every feeding. And he should start several wetting diapers every day. For breastfed babies, this usually starts at around the baby’s third day outside the womb, because that’s when mom’s milk production has started. If, however, your baby is formula fed and hence has already started to drink significant amounts of formula, he/she could be constipated. Are there any signs of discomfort? Is he/she wetting several diapers per day?
In any case, have a chat with your midwife to ease your mind and get help if your baby does seem to be constipated.
Hope this helps,
4 days old baby not pooping
My 4-day old baby is not pooping. In the hospital, she was fine until we brought her home and she never pooped since. What can I do help me? should I be worried?
no poop in breastfed baby
My baby is now 7 weeks old, she was born prematurely at 34 weeks. She always has been mostly breastfed and I supplemented a little formula for the first couple of weeks and then I put her on mostly breastmilk. She was pooping after every feeding. Due to the fact that I had to come back to work, I have her more of formula ( Similac organic), she stopped pooping or 7 days and then I took her to the doctor and they gave her a suppository and she pooped in 30 min. It was not hard at all. I changed her back to breastmilk all the way Would her poop turned back to normal, or will she go several days without a poop.
Infant bowl problem
My daughter is only two weeks & four days old I started breastfeeding her at first but I would still give her the Good Start Gentle Plus formula as well in between feedings just so that I could let my breast relax a bit. I also would pump here & there.
At first, everything was fine she would poop & pee about six or more times a day for the first three days that I was in the hospital till the first week we were home. Once the formula that was given to me from the hospital was gone I switched her to another formula called Parent Choice which is a Walmart store brand.
Because I had run out of the Good Start brand and the Parent Choice was the only one I had left till I went out & bought some more of the Good Start. Now I put her back on the Good Start again. Also, I only pump once or twice a day & all I’d get is an ounce. The rest is formula but I don’t mix them I let her finish one before giving her the other.
Now for these past five days, she’s been very fuzzy, gassy, & has been crying more the usual. Because she can’t poop unless I put a q-tip with some petroleum jelly in her bottom to help her poop. It works but I usually have to do it like 3-4 times a day (every time I see that she’s trying to poop)because it won’t come out on its own even when she tries pushing. But she pees just fine. The wired part about her poop is that it’s not hard it’s pasty at first then it goes to liquidy. & the color is green like grass with yellow dots in it.
So my question is (after this long text) could this be another sign of constipation or something more serious than that? & could this have happened all because I switched her milk three times?
Normal baby poop
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
Hi Norma, Since your daughter isn’t constipated (no hard poop) and you are mainly breastfeeding, I think her straining is simply due to a normal newborn immature digestive system. The best you can do is to not use the q-tip, but her do the pooping herself, even if it takes a while for it to come out. She needs practice. Instead, try warm baths and baby massage. It can be quite effective to both presses a little baby’s knees gently towards the tummy to release gas and to do bicycle movement with her legs, in addition to tummy massage.
If you can, you can also try to cut back on the formula. But again, using the q-tip can become a bad habit, so try not to use it. It isn’t dangerous to strain and be gassy as a newborn, it is very normal.
You can also invest in a baby sling or baby carrier since the more upright position and movement when you move around can help your baby’s tummy.
Good luck and congratulations on your little daughter!
Pooping only one time per week!!
My son is 3 months and half old, I am breastfeeding and also Powder milk since he was born. Since he is 2 1/2 months old, he is pooping only one time per week! and his Poop is smooth, not hard. I am curious to know whether he has a problem with his bowel or Poop?
6 months – black poo
My lo is 6 months old, he is onto solid food with an 8oz bottle of formula morning and night and food for breakfast, lunch and, dinner. He is not in pain when straining but does push very hard, he also goes 2-3 times a day. His poo is pebble-like but not hard to squash. They are also JET BLACK! To the point they leave like a black mark around his bum.
Any ideas? Much appreciated xx
Black poop (to JacobsMummy)
by: Paula (Baby Helpline)
Hi, Black poop is a warning sign of bleeding and you should take your son to a pediatrician immediately. It could just be a small tear somewhere, but it should definitely be checked by a doctor.
My 1-month-old baby cant poop in 3 days moving to 4 days!! what should I do
Hi guys, I’m a new Daddy! Please help me. My 1-month baby girl can’t poop since 3 days!! She is a breastfed, we’re just waiting to see her pooping. I am so worried for my baby, but she has been releasing gas every day. She tries to go, she strains and strains, and nothing comes out. Sometimes she even starts crying as if she is in a lot of pain. She is VERY gassy and is always passing gas!! Please help me to my problems
A warm bath, massage and maybe a Q-tip
by: Paula (Baby Help Line)
If your little daughter is fully breastfed, she is highly unlikely to be constipated. It is much more likely that she is suffering from a very normal, common immature digestive system. It comes with being a newborn to have to strain, grunt and be gassy. But you can still help her a little bit by giving her a warm bath, massaging her little tummy clock-wise, press her knees gently towards her belly t help release the gas and if nothing happens, insert a Q-tip very gently into her anus.
It is, of course, better to avoid the Q-tip, to let her intestines get the practice they need to function, but to use it every now and then is probably no harm.
Is she wetting her diapers as usual? Otherwise, the lack of pooping could be a sign that she isn’t eating as much as she should. But if she pees to wet 6-8 diapers per day and has her usual appetite, she is likely to be fine.
If she continues to not poop for another day, though, I believe you should take her to the Dr to make sure there is no blockage or anything else involved that needs treatment.
But again, most likely nothing is wrong.
In a month or two, if she continues to be fully breastfed, she might only be pooping once per week or less, and it is completely normal. But at 1 month, most breastfed babies still poop several times per day.
I hope this helps,
Should I switch formulas again??
My daughter is just under a month old. She barely poops! This is my second child so I can’t help but compare especially since my other daughter is only 19 months old so the newborn phase is still fresh to me.
In the hospital, her poop seemed normal but by the time we went home (4 days later, C-section), she never went. When she did eventually go, it wasn’t seedy anymore, instead, it was really thick and tan and she pushed so hard she gave herself hemorrhoids!
She was originally on Similac Advanced. I called her ped and asked if I should switch her to the sensitive formula and they said to try it. So I switched her to sensitive formula thinking it would help. When she went for her two-week checkup I brought it up again because it wasn’t getting any better. Still going maybe once a day if at all. He said to switch her to soy.
She’s been on soy formula for about a week and a half and the poop hasn’t gotten any softer. She still struggles to go and was only consistent for maybe 3 or 4 days. Should I keep her on the soy? Will she have a hard time adjusting to milk when she gets off of formula if she stays on the soy? Does she even sound constipated? I don’t know if it’s my lack of sleep that is making everything seem more difficult this time around, but I just didn’t feel like it is right and I am not getting a comforting response from the pediatrician no matter how many times I ask.
Please help! I don’t want to do more harm by switching formulas again or trying things I’ve read about like gripe water or giving water in between.
baby not pooping
My baby is one month old and he did not go for motion from past 3 days is there any problem plz help me
3 days going to 4 without movement
My question/worry is very similar to the last asked question. My baby girl suffered from severe cramps caused by gas, we kept going to the ped to see if there was any way of helping ease the discomfort and pain. On our last visit, he prescribed active enzyme drops to help digest the lactose as he was convinced it’s the sugar in the lactose that she can’t properly digest. We were told to try it for a week or two and if she still experienced any discomfort, we must change her over to a soy-based formula. We tried the drops for 3 weeks and swopped her to a soy-based formula 5 days ago.
She had one very small stool on the first day – nothing since then. The cramping has eased up but if the soy-based formula is going to cause constipation is it really worth the change – I want to help her, not swap one problem for another. On the regular formula, she had a dirty nappy every day and it was very loose, light in color and with particles of undigested milk. The one stool she did pass since changing to soy was dark brown (with traces of the lactose formula) and firm. I am considering changing her on to a special formula for lactose sensitive babies- she is two months old. Could changing her to another formula again cause any harm?
Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.
Lactose intolerance or protein allergy…
by: Paula (Easy Baby Life)
It has been almost two weeks since you asked about switching formula for your baby. How is she doing on the soy formula? Some times it can take a little while for a baby to get used to a new formula.
But if she really does get constipated from it, it might be worth trying a hydrolysate formula instead. Since your daughter’s ped suggested soy-based formula if the drops didn’t work, he might suspect milk protein allergey in which case lactosefree formula or enzymes will not help. However, quite a few babies with milk protein allergy are also sensitive to soy protein, which is why the hydrolysate formula may be a good option. In such formulas, the proteins are broken down and a lot easier to digest for most babies.
I suggest you have another chat with your pediatrician about the situation. Hydrolysate formulas are expensive but can be covered by insurance in some cases if prescribed by a doctor.
I really wish you good luck! Please let us know how things go.
2 months old BABY very gassy, fussy, constipated
I have a 6 weeks old baby boy. He is very gassy, fussy and always in pain. He always lifts his leg in the air towards his stomach and sometimes passes long gas. Even after, he is always in pain and never or having very small sleep duration. He has never slept for more than continuous 10 mins from last 2 weeks. He is also constipated and poos once in 3-4 days. Recently, he had a watery green poo and felt a lot of pain during that time. He is on bottle feed and we are giving him Similac formula. Should we change it to Novalac or any other formula? Can you please help us to reduce this baby trauma. We have consulted a doctor and he has given only gas reducing drops and glycerine bottle to massage on his lower back. Please help us.
PC vs Enfamil
My son is just over two months old. We had been using Enfamil Gentlease which works great, but my girlfriend decided to switch to Parents Choice because it’s cheaper. Well ever since he started on that he doesn’t poop anymore. He seems to strain to poop now and then and on the rare occasion that he does it’s very thick and hard to pass. So I put him back on Enfamil and now he poops again a couple of times a night. But his grandmother watches him all day and uses PC, so I think it’s still complicating things. I hear some people work out well but that doesn’t look like the case for me. I don’t care about saving a buck, I just want what’s best for him.
8 week old
Hi, my 2month and 5 days old son has not been having regular bowel movements since he was 3 weeks old. I can’t remember a time before he was 3 weeks old when he would poop every day. he went 10 days without pooping and that was after I gave him the juice of a whole orange n he pooped 3xs. Last week I gave him a suppository to make him poop, but I hate doing it because it feels so unnatural. I don’t know if this is normal, but by the looks of it on this forum, a lot of mothers are having the same problem.
I breastfed him exclusively in the beginning up until he was 3 weeks old. then I started supplementing with formula milk but this constipated him and he didn’t poop for 9 days until I put a suppository in. I stopped with the formula milk and have been exclusively breastfeeding him since he was about 5-6 weeks old. when he was 6 weeks old he pooped after 10 days. So I don’t know if this is normal, or if he has a problem.
Pooping your baby
Pooping your baby! I’m surprised no one has heard of this! (or whenever I bring it up, they’ve never heard of it). In nature, animals lick the anus of their baby to stimulate pooping (now bare with me, I’m suggesting you to lick any baby bottoms). This is primarily used to protect the baby animal from predators (because the mommy eats the poop…yuck!) but it also stimulates the baby to learn how to poop. It makes sense for animals so why can’t it work with humans? My mom used to lay the baby on the counter next to the bathroom sink with the baby’s bum aimed into the sink. She’d run the water warmer than lukewarm and soak a cloth with the water.
Then she’d gently wipe it on the baby’s anus (this acts like the mommy animals tongue). She’d do this a few times ( mind you gently…and keep adding water so that it’s soft on baby’s bum…use a smoother cloth). In no time the baby would have an explosive poop! Splat! Right into the sink! It saves you a lot of diapers and baby crying and a lot of sleepless nights. Baby sleeps a lot better too. This was mostly used on young babies that still had runny poop. She did it to all 6 of her kids and we’re all fine. Now we all use it on our babies.
My 2-month-old hasn’t pooped in 4 days. He is currently on Ailementum he has been to the Pediatrician and they suggested that I put Karo syrup in his formula, but it’s not really working as I had hoped. I’m worried sick. Does anyone have any suggestions?
2month old pooping problem
My baby is 2 months he usually poops once a day but he’s going on day 6 now I’ve tried water every day for a few days like my doctor said also diluted prune juice and nothing the last 2 feelings he barely ate however he doesn’t seem fussy he’s been passing gas but no poopy diapers. What should I do?
I exclusively breastfeed and she hasn’t pooped in over a week. I still don’t feel comfortable thinking she is in possible pain, but thanks to all who shared. Makes me feel better about the situation.
I have heard of a water enema. Does this work or is it ill-advised?
My 3month baby doesn’t poop
Hi! my 3-month-old baby doesn’t poop n a week so I start using suppositories to make the poop out I always do that every after 3-4days, I went to her doc and she gave me lactulose but it doesn’t work she gave me a powder one but it doesn’t work too. What should I do, I’m exclusively breastfeeding? Should I wait for 2 weeks to see if she can poo w/o my help? Thank u!
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