Jump to content

Missing poo - worried
Two weeks old and no BM for 7 days


  • Please log in to reply
22 replies to this topic

#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
http://www.llli.org/faq/bm.html

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 MrsFeral247

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 Kaonashi

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!


roll2.gif

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

Hooray!

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!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.