I have a 6-month-old breastfed baby who normally has a bowel movement 3-4 times per day, but now she has not pooped for 2 days. We recently started for the last 1-1/2 weeks on rice cereal and then she has been on sweet potatoes for the last 3 nights.
Anyway, she has not pooped in over two days and I know this is normal for some babies, but since mine usually goes 3-4 times per day. Should I be concerned or could she be constipated?
She is not acting any differently or fussy.
Bowel Movement When Introducing Solid Foods To Baby
When breastfed babies start eating solid foods, their bowel movements often change drastically. All of a sudden the baby has more solid poops, less frequent (or sometimes more frequent, since some breastfed babies only go once per week!), and with a completely different color.
These changes are completely normal, but often, the breastfed baby will also become constipated with the introduction of solid foods. Their digestive systems are not used to solids.
As long as your baby doesn’t seem to be uncomfortable or in pain, and not showing any obvious signs of constipation, you can just wait her out. But if the poop is hard or your daughter is in pain when passing stools, the best you can do is to cut down on foods that tend to make stools harder and focus introducing foods that tend to soften the stools.
Also, go very slowly with the introduction.
With my youngest son, I actually had to stop the introduction of solid foods three times and wait a couple of weeks for his body to be prepared for the transition. And I really had to take it in baby steps. Neither of my other kids had these problems, so it really varies.
Rice cereal is a very common cause of constipation, and you might want to switch to oatmeal instead. Sweet potato, on the other hand, is great first food, since it is easy to digest.
For a list of on foods to give your baby and what to avoid, read this post.
I have also listed a few books below on baby poop, that might be helpful.
I hope this helps,
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.
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