How much should a 2-month-old baby poop daily? My 2-month-old is suddenly not pooping as frequently and I am worried that something is wrong.
Thanks in advance,
Normal Pooping Habits For 2-Month-Old Babies
At around the age of 2 months, babies tend to start pooping much less often than before, especially if breastfed.
When a baby is newborn, breastfed babies may very well pass stools many times per day, even after every feeding; day and night.
At 2 months, however, it may happen only once per day or even less often, especially among fully breastfed babies. They grow rapidly and simply digest everything they eat.
Formula-fed babies are often more regular, at around 1 time per day at this age.
It is quite common for parents to start worrying that their 2-month-old baby is constipated when he or she suddenly stops pooping regularly. And for formula-fed babies, this may be a valid concern. For breastfed babies, it is most likely not. It is almost impossible for a baby to become constipated on 100% breast milk. Instead, the baby can poop every second or third day or even less frequently than that, and it is completely normal. My youngest pooped once every two weeks for a while when breastfed and around 3-4 months old. Odd, but normal for a healthy, fully breastfed baby!
So unless your baby has hard stools and seems to be in pain or shows other signs of constipation or illness, stop worrying and simply enjoy the less frequent diaper change. :-)
Hope this helps,
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