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August 2nd, 2012, 07:30 AM
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I know I need to update my siggy.....Baby Ewan is 3 weeks old. Thus far, breastfeeding is going great. Latch is good, milk supply is over abundant, weight gain is high.

I am worried because Ewan only pooped once in the last 3 days. I know BF babies often reduce bowel movements but not till a little older. Everything I am reading is saying that for under 6 weeks, they still should be going twice a day. Also, when Ewan did poop, it was crazy the amount of straining and time it took. Poop itself was normal though.....not dried. But then last night he strained and grunted all night long and seems largely uncomfortable today.

I know it's very very unlikely a BF baby even has constipation so I don't even know what I am seeing. I BFd my first son for 14 months and never experienced anything like this. I am hesitant to call the Dr. because its hit or miss on quality breastfeeding information.

Am I possibly seeing an intolerance to something I am eating? Just not sure what to do.

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August 2nd, 2012, 09:22 AM
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JR has done the same thing since he was about 2-3 weeks old. He only poops every 2-4 days. I asked my doc because my DD still goes a couple of times a day at 2 and a half. She reassured me that it's perfectly normal, as long as it's not dry and hard and his tummy is soft.

If your son seems uncomfortable, try a warm bath and a tummy massage. It works wonders! The grunting is normal- it takes lots of muscle coordination to poop and some babies are better than others at it.
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August 2nd, 2012, 10:34 AM
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You could try taking him to the chiropractor, if his lower back is malaligned it could cause some issues.
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August 3rd, 2012, 06:15 AM
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exclusively breastfed babies generally do not get constipated. I would not worry except if it went 7-10 days without a poop. Breastmilk is very highly absorbed by the body and the perfect food for our LOs that the body utilizes a lot and there can be, for some babies, very little waste.
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August 3rd, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Nicholas was like that. He didnt poop very often. Once every 3 days or so, sometimes even longer'
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