Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:18 pm
My second baby, who was exclusively breastfed, only had one stool every 7 days for the first 3 months or so of his life. He was so predictable in his once a week poop that you could almost time it! I was obviously really worried at first, since my first child never had that much time elapse between stools and also because every book or website that you read about newborns states that they poop multiple times a day. I started becoming paranoid that every cry or cringe he made was because of gas and constipation pain.
His first non-meconium poop was at one week old and it was massive and explosive, but of a completely normal colour and consistency for a breastfed baby. About this time, I brought him to his pediatrician to tell him my concerns about my son not pooping often enough, possibly not eating enough, possible constipation, etc. and he told me that not every newborn poops every day, and that some newborns go as long as 10 days between stools! He told me that as long as the baby is gaining weight and that the stool is of normal consistency and not firm, there is no problem whatsoever. Every baby is different and not every one has a stool every time they are breastfed! Once I realized that this was just the way my son's system worked I saw that he wasn't actually experiencing bowel pain because of his infrequent bowel movements. I was just reading into every little cry because of my fear.
I really wish that they would put this disclaimer in books or parenting websites! I have met too many women who get panicky if their newborn goes a day or two without having a bowel movement and almost always it is completely OK!
Good luck with everything!