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September 21st, 2008, 10:25 AM
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My baby is five weeks old. He hasn't had a poopy diaper in about five days. Before that, he pooped a LOT. I've heard it's normal for breastfed babies to go a few days without pooping, so I didn't think anything of it. But then I was reading the instructions to my pump and it said that if an infant younger than six weeks goes longer than 24 hours without a BM to consult a doctor.

He has still been wetting 8-12 diapers during the day (I lose track at night because I'm too tired to count!) which is why I wasn't very concerned. Now I'm wondering if I should be? He is exclusively breastfed.

Thanks in advance for any advice!
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September 21st, 2008, 11:36 AM
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If he's happy and still wetting plenty of diapers, I wouldn't worry about it.
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September 21st, 2008, 11:47 AM
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Ditto to the PP. BF babies can go up to 10 days without pooping. Lawson pooped all the time when we first brought him home. To the point where I had to give him a bath with his diaper on and then take it off and bathe his butt really quickly so he wouldnt poop in the tub. And then after all that just about everytime he would poop on my while I was taking him from the bathtub to the changing table to get him dressed. It was a totall mess. But now he goes maybe once a week to every 10 days.
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September 21st, 2008, 01:52 PM
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Thanks! Of course, about a half hour after posting this, Jonah pooped! Luckily I was out walking the dog at this time, and Daddy had to deal with it, because I heard it was a doozy LOL (Good! He hasn't changed any blowouts until now!) Thanks again for putting my first time mommy jitters at ease!
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September 21st, 2008, 02:39 PM
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Anytime! He is soooooooo Cute. Looks like he is smiling that picture
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September 21st, 2008, 03:54 PM
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Congrats on your baby! It's nice to see another "Jonah"! I just wanted to say pooping is really relative in BF babies & it isn't as regular in BF babies for many reasons - the #1 reason being that everything in BM is so easy to digest & utilize there is just far less waste. We had a few times we went a week or more - but for the longest time he pooped every 3 days. We called them "pooping days" and they would be doozies & I would try to plan to not go anywhere on that day until after it happened.... I think the one thing that really eased my mind was starting a thread on this board asking how often everyone's LO's pooped & I was amazed how much it varied - but it was all within normal range still.

That is a DARLING picture of him!
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