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    Default EBF 4 month old baby hasn't pooped in 2.5 weeks. Help?

    My baby is 4 months old and he hasn't popped in 2.5 weeks. He is breastfed only and the longest he's ever gone without pooping has been 1 week.

    He seems happy, still farting away as normal. I don't want to force a bowel movement (prune juice, brine water etc), especially if its not needed.

    I heard that breastfed babies can go 1-2 weeks without pooping and that's normal. But it's coming up to 3 weeks now, hence my concern.

    I just want to know how long should I leave it before seeing a Doctor?

    Thank you

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    wow, i have never heard of a baby not pooping for that long- i just thought all babies pooped regularly even if BF..

    id go to the Dr or at least give a dose of prune juice and see what happens.

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    I've heard they can't get constipated if ebf.
    If your little one is happy and not in pain, I wouldn't worry.

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    I wouldn't worry too much if he's passing wind, has a soft tummy and seems happy. Lots of babies have a growth spurt around 4 months so maybe he's using up all the nutrients from your milk.

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    If it's going to put your mind at rest, pop along to the GP though or health direct might have an answer.

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    he's possibly just using up everything from you milk. as pp mentioned prob having a growth spurt.
    you baby possibly drinks only what he needs so is getting just the right amount.
    If he's happy, has plenty wet nappies, feeding feels comfortable and he is gaining (some) weight then i think he should b fine. but if it were me, i would bring it up with chn, maybe give them a call and ask their advice.
    i wouldnt be giving him water, prune juice or sugar water either at his age. breastmilk is perfect for him.

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    He should see a doctor in case they want to investigate for other causes

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    My dd was like that as a newborn..... I think she pooed twice in 5 weeks or something like that. Her twin brother was daily on the other hand. Paed wasn't concerned, as there is little waste products in emb, as pp have said. Gp just checked for bowel obstruction. I wouldn't worry, but for peace of mind it might be worth seeing Gp. Good luck!

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    Exclamation After 2.5 weeks

    Get him to hospital urgently. At no age is this normal - this has to be considered a sign of a potentially life-threatening illness. And think of the legacy of ill-health resulting from the intestinal toxins he's absorbed!

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    @mellysmama. It's normal, my son went through the same thing and every Chn and lactation consultant said not to worry that a fart is just as good as a poo. I agree, if you're really concerned go to your GP, otherwise wait for a pretty big one. Another thing I would do that would sometimes work was just stimulate the area by rubbing it with my finger in circles and a wet wipe.


 

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