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26th September 2014 11:48 PM #1
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- Sep 2014
My baby's bowel movement is not normal
I'm a first time mum. I'm beginning to worry because my 2-month-old baby is not pooping everyday. Is this normal? Should I use suppository? I'm not sure if it's safe for her age. When she was less than a month, she poops almost twice or thrice a day.
Thanks for all your help.
29th September 2014 02:22 AM #2
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- Feb 2014
It is normal for the bowel movements of a breastfed to decrease in frequency when the colostrum, which has laxative properties, is completely gone from the mother's milk after about six weeks of age. A baby this age may continue to have bowel movements as frequently as five times a day, sometimes even after every nursing. It is also normal for a breastfed baby older than six weeks to have only one bowel movement every few days. Some healthy babies will have only one bowel movement a week. When bowel movements are less frequent, they should be more profuse in volume. As long as the baby is gaining well, wetting sufficiently, and is happy and content there is no cause to be alarmed by infrequent bowel movements, and it is not necessary to give the baby a laxative, fruit juice, or any other "helpers." In fact, attempting to force bowel movements can have harmful consequences to your baby.
After the baby is about six weeks old, he may wet only five to six diapers per day, but if so these diapers will be much wetter. As the baby's bladder grows, he can produce and hold more urine at a time.