BF Baby Pooping Every 3-4 Days?

Updated on March 06, 2008
J.S. asks from San Jose, CA
9 answers

My little girl has only been pooping every couple of days and when
she does she has a complete blowout like she's emptying her whole
bowels! She's been like this since birth but started off with pooping
only every other day. Then after a couple weeks it went to 2-3 days
and now its 3-4 days. I'm on day 5 now with no BM and she's been
gassing hard. She's more uncomfortable at night which I attributed to
gas and colic type crying. She does pass gas often and when I know
she's about to have a poop blowout her farts are sooo stinky and
nasty like rotten eggs! Her skin is perfect, she eats like a champ (5-
6 3 1/2-4oz bottles of BM everyday) and have never once given her
formula. Her pediatrician said it was normal for some BF babies to
not poop everyday but I don't think I'm buying it anymore. I put in a
call to him and am waiting for the return phone call. Thought I would
pass this on to you ladies and see if anyone has a LO experiencing
this too.

I know it has nothing to do with what I'm eating as BM is what's in
your blood not your digestive system. Her poop is still runny with
mustard color and the seed looking things-totally normal. I
eliminated 95% of dairy when I noticed she was having mucousy stools
and choking on her mucousy spit up. I will eliminate the rest of the
5% (couple of tablespoons of cream in my tea 2-3 times a day) if I
have to but I don't think this not pooping for 3-4 days has to do
with a milk allergy but I could be wrong.

She's also super needing and has to be constantly held. I put her
down often and she only sleeps deeply lying on her stomach but other
lighter naps she'll tolerate being on her side. My DH sleeps with her
on his chest as this is the only position she'll sleep more than 5-6
hours in. I try to put her in the swing as often as I can but she
hates it right now. I've successfully put her in it 2-3 times for
maybe 15-20 min without crying.

Any thoughts? Anyone going through the same thing? Any homeopathic remedies for a baby this young?


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answers from Sacramento on

I went through the same with my now 13 yr old and my 2 yr old and as odd as it may sound add about 2 tablespoons of "Dark Karo Syrup" to her juice and it will work wonders. If you don't see any improvement in a day or two try to add another 1/2 or full tablespoon to see how much it will take to get her regular. No having BM can cause other issues like bleeding when having a BM, complete back up and that can be a major issue and severe pain from being so constipated. I found out about using the Karo syrup after we moved to Georgia and took my son in because he was not having BM and was in severe pain and his Dr. told me to try the Karo and boy it Worked. I had to give it to him daily in order for him to have regular BM's.

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answers from San Francisco on

My second son was the same way, 3-5 days (up to 7) between poops on pure breastmilk diet, and it's nothing to worry about. My first son had daily poops, and I ate pretty much the same with both. I started solids at 5 months with my irregular pooper, and I would recommend waiting till at least 6 months, because that really slowed things up even more. Now that he's 10 months and used to solids, he poops about every 2 days. Good luck!



answers from Sacramento on

Your story sounds identical to mine! All I can say is that it will pass. I tried everything and nothing worked. I think the fussiness improved about 3 or 4 months. Gas drops were my best friend, but still didn't help too much. The longest my daughter went without a bowel movement was 7 days. It was a tough time. She is now almost 3 and still only goes to the bathroom about every 4 days. Good luck and hang in there.



answers from Sacramento on

I had this same issue. I called the pediatrician like every couple days, as we were leaving on a plane within like a week of this happening. Apparently this is normal for a breastfed baby after 6 weeks of age, as the baby's body will determine what it needs and doesn't need. I was told to feed the baby and then give some water afterwards. It didn't seem to work very well and he still only poops like ever other day to every 3 days now, but the Dr. said as long as their tummy isn't hard and they aren't having hard stools, then they are ok.

I also read this on La Leche website. They stated that breastfed babies can go up to 10 days without a stool...mine went 5. Here is the article for your information:

Good Luck...



answers from San Francisco on

Both my boys were like that. Huge poops after 3, 4 or 5 days. I don't think my ped wanted them to go more than 5 days - although that might have been because he was trying to keep me happy. They never went more than 5 days.

I would also think the pooping is nothing to do with her being needy. My second one at 6 weeks was only happy if he was getting one-on-one attention. Now he's 18 months and is the social one of the two.



answers from San Francisco on

My 9 month old has had that poop schedule from almost day one. She is still 100% BF (totally refuses any type of solids). She will go 3-4 days then do what we call an "explode-O-poop. This is when there is so much poop that it leaks out the top of her diaper and up her back. (Poop actually made it to her shoulder blades one time!) Days between poops really is nothing to be concerned about - as long as she has the required number of "pee diapers" (indicating that she's not dehydrated.)

Hope this helps.



answers from San Francisco on

It's totally normal. My son went every five days. The blow-outs are a little disconcerting, I must admit. The lactation consultant at my breastfeeding support group said that the longest she's heard of a breastfed baby going between BM's is 21 days. This was a perfectly healthy infant daughter of one of the moms in the group.



answers from Modesto on

Hi J.,

I agree that this is not the healthiest thing. I teach newborn massage, and would suggest that you begin massaging her tummy area in a clockwise fashion, nothing too hard, but firm enough that you get something going. This may help.


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answers from San Francisco on

what you're describing is not unheard of. my son would poop every 2-3 days. he once went almost 10 days with no poop and WOWIE!! we had an explosion on our hands when he finally went!! and i was carrying him in my sling as well!!

what does your ped say?

also, sounds like she may be colicky.

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