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Two weeks old and no BM for 7 days

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#1 Georgette47

Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:58 AM

Please help!
I have an 18-day-old newborn who is absolutely lovely - but she has not had a bowel movement in 7 days!
I know that it is not unusual for older breastfed babies to go this long, but do you know of younger babies who have lasted this long without a poo? She is fully breastfed and is having the right number of wet nappies each day. We saw a GP on Saturday and he said to return in a couple of days if there is no action.
Thanks for your help. I'm obsessing about this poo!

#2 Leafprincess

Posted 31 December 2012 - 03:02 AM

I would be a little worried too.

I found this link which has good information about breast fed babies and poop

Maybe also call the breast feeding association?

I'm not an expert, all I can tell you is mine would do anywhere between 4-6 poops a day when he was two weeks old. They weren't all huge poops but poops all the same.

Hopefully, it's nothing and she poops soon, please give us an update

#3 I'mBeachedAs

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:05 AM

Yeah I would definitely follow up with the dr. My son is the same age and poos about 8 times a day. I believe they are meant to do at least 2-3 poos a day at this age. Good luck finding the poop!

#4 ubermum

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:15 AM

It's fine so long as there is plenty of wet nappies. One baby in my first mothers group used to go every 17 days like clockwork until solids were started. Breast milk is fully digestible so doesn't create much poop in some kids. So long as your child doesn't appear constipated or uncomfortable, and is well in all other respects, I woulndn't worry.

#5 MrsSmith247

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:17 AM

My DD was similar. She'd pooed about 3-4 times by 4 weeks and was still doing brown toothpaste-consistency poos when they should have been yellow and runny by that stage. My supply was super low and we ended up at the paed via our GP at 4 weeks.

Id return to the GP/ Mcn asap, but don't let them tell you the answer is formula. Some formula can constipate babies so you run the risk of compounding the problem. Im certainly no expert but maybe try a day or so of extra feeding and see if that flushes through. Its what worked for my DD (and supply!)

Edit: I should have said 'don't let them tell you formula is the *only* answer. If your baby is dehydrated and formula is required then by all means use it. I just meant it shouldn't be the go to if you have other options.

Edited by MrsSmith247, 31 December 2012 - 08:22 AM.

#6 LambChop

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:17 AM

My son used to poo about once a fortnight.  No need to worry until your GP tells you to, don't take other peoples experience as 'right'.

#7 CupcakeMumma

Posted 31 December 2012 - 08:21 AM

My ds pooped lots and lots, but my dd was very intermittent, plenty of wet nappies, happy, sleeping well, not in discomfit and she'll poop when she's ready.  Be prepared it might be messy, but if you are concerned always see your gp. Bm is very digestible so some don't poop for 10 days or more.  Lam chop is right, every bub is differeent

Edited by CupcakeMumma, 31 December 2012 - 08:22 AM.

#8 lucky 2

Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

In my experience it would be very unusual for a baby of 2+ weeks old to not be pooing at least 2-3 times each 24 hrs.
But, you have been to the Dr and have been given a management plan, ie come back if no poo!
How is your baby's wee output? Are you seeing your chn for weight checks?
Could you see a LC?, if there is any concern over growth or not enough milk intake then that's what will likely help the best. As well as seeing the GP to make sure baby is not unwell (which you have done).
In the meantime could you just keep bfing and bfing, 8 or more times in 24 hours, switching from side to side if your baby would like to keep suckling after 2 sides.
If baby is well then a poo should be just around the corner so to speak.
Let us know how things are, all the best.

#9 muggins_00

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

It's very common for breastfed babies to not poo every day but if YOU are worried then go back to the Dr. And make sure you have a change of clothes for your bub and top for you and plenty of wipes on hand wherever you go, when bub finally goes it will be a BIG one!

#10 Camizebra

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:26 PM

My DS started a couple of times a day, then once a day, then now once a week (but unfortunately it's one of EPIC proportions).  This has been the norm for about three months now.  I guess this is just his thing.  Like you, I completely obsessed over his poo, which for me, was a waste of time because my bub is happy, healthy, gaining weight and so on.  I think as long as your baby isn't constipated, I wouldn't be too concerned.

#11 Lokum

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:34 PM

I've heard of BF babies going for ages without a poo, but not so long at such a very young age. The OP's baby is only 16 days old.

I'd follow Lucky2's advice.

#12 elegie

Posted 31 December 2012 - 01:42 PM

My DS went 7-10 days between poos from birth until starting solids at 7 months. There is nothing to be concerned about if there are plenty of wees and bubs is happy. Take the GP's advice and go back in a few days if you're still worried.

As a PP said, when it comes it will be messy, but you should be grateful for the smaller number of pooey nappies!

#13 Soontobegran

Posted 31 December 2012 - 02:49 PM

Try a warm face washer on her belly and doing 'bicycle legs', it may stimulate some action but as Lucky2 says whilst it is probably not something you see often at this age your GP is keeping an eye on it. If your little one seems unsettled or has a distended tummy then I would take the baby straight to the doctor.
Lots of wet nappies and weight gain would usually be indicative of adequate supply.

Did your baby go through the normal meconium to yellow curds progression following birth?

#14 Georgette47

Posted 31 December 2012 - 09:48 PM

Thanks for the posts, everyone.

Yes, DD went through the normal meconium to yellow curds in the first week - but she didn't have a lot of bowel movements (1 or 2 or even 0 a day).

DD hasn't been weighed in a week, so I'm just guessing weight gain is ok. She lost less than 10% initially (and was a hefty 4.232kg) but had not yet gained her birth weight back 7 days ago. I tried to get her weighed today but we can't see our GP until Wed morn and MCHN is not open until Wed (we already have a MCHN app booked for Thursday).

I am BFing on demand, approx 8-12 feeds a day. I do both sides and then again if she wants it. She feeds strongly (most of the time) and doesn't get frustrated so I think my supply is okay. And she has plenty of wet nappies.

But I'm paranoid. So I've tried bicycle legs, nappy free time, massaging her tummy, wiggling the area...
But still no poo at almost 9 days.

TBC, I guess...

#15 scopsOwl

Posted 31 December 2012 - 10:14 PM

When I had my first my midwife told me you can have babies that poo 10 times a day, or once every 10 days and everything in between. My youngest was a once every 10 days.

Dr said bub was thriving when I went in concerned, checked lower tummy for hardened lumps, but it was all ok. Mine had REALLY stinky wind - I think because the poo was in there for so long! If they are passing wind, wet nappies, content and still gaining weight it may be ok. But of course keep an eye on your DD and keep in touch with Dr if anything changes. Hopefully she will give you a full nappy before the apt... and it may be very full, I found when mine finally went.. it was enormous!

I heard once warm baths can help too.

#16 Georgette47

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

Nine days, four hours... And we have a poo! Not a mega-poo but a definite full nappy. Hooray! However, we're still going to the GP tomorrow. I really hope that we find out that she's gaining weight and she's just not much of a pooper.

Who knew that a dirty nappy could bring such joy? Thank you all for your support during this poo-free time.

Happy Poo Year!

#17 Camizebra

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:26 PM

QUOTE (Georgette47 @ 01/01/2013, 08:51 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nine days, four hours... And we have a poo! Not a mega-poo but a definite full nappy. Hooray! However, we're still going to the GP tomorrow. I really hope that we find out that she's gaining weight and she's just not much of a pooper.

Who knew that a dirty nappy could bring such joy? Thank you all for your support during this poo-free time.

Happy Poo Year!

Oh hooray!  I know that exact feeling and bet you are so relieved.  Good luck with the GP tomorrow and may you have many more poo-y days to come from your little girl.

#18 Kay1

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

LOL Happy poo year to you too! laughing2.gif

I have three kids. My first used to poo every second Friday - like clockwork. And he would only do it if I lay him on the change table and cycled his legs. They weren't epic either, although they were soft serve consistency.

My now almost 5 month old would poo 5 + times a day as a newborn and now poos every day. If he doesn't we know about it as he gets very uncomfortable. His poos are like pumpkin soup. Same milk, same mother, just different babies!

Sounds like your little one is doing just fine. original.gif

#19 Chelli

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

Glad you have poo happy.gif Good luck with the GP.

#20 NinjaMum

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:36 PM

QUOTE (Georgette47 @ 01/01/2013, 08:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Happy Poo Year!


I nearly choked on my mouthful of water OP. biggrin.gif

Glad to hear the poo has finally arrived. It is a bit worrying when they're so new and it's been a little while with no sign of it! Hopefully there's more poo in the morning and things settle down into a nice routine (pootine?) wink.gif

#21 erindiv

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:37 PM


DD didn't poo for 6 days after she went through the meconium and curdy poos. I was going crazy with worry but my MCHN said as long as there were plenty of wet nappies and DD seemed content, there was nothing to worry about.

I was told it was very common, not unusual at all.

Edited by erindiv, 01 January 2013 - 08:38 PM.

#22 elizabethany

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:43 PM

My DS did one merconium poo then didn't poo for a week.  After that, he settled into a schedule where he would poo every tuesday evening at 9pm, and it was epic enough to require a bath afterwards.  This continued until I weaned him.  On formula he would go every second day.

#23 Lokum

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:25 PM

Loving the babies that poo'd every second Friday, or Tuesdays at 9pm.

My 2.5 yr old has probably had 3 poo-free days in his life, and 3-4 poos a day is still quite common for him.
My newborn is averaging 8-10 poos a day, and shaping up the same as his big brother.

Happy Poo Year to the OP - so glad you got good, poo-ey news!

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