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    no bowel movements in 3 days

    Should i be concern if my 8-week-old newborn has not had bowel movement in 3 days (today entering 4th day) ? I breastfeed him exclusively

    thank you!

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    My baby (10 week old now) also started having bowel movement every 2 or 3 days since he was 8 weeks old. I think this is normal. As his digestive system mature, he can better absorb the nutrient from the milk. And breast milk is easier to digest than formula and produce less waste.
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    THanks! So, as long as the poops are still runny and seedy... he is not constipated, right?

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    I think so. My baby stools are mostly creamy.

    The good thing about pooping every few days is the number of diapers it can saves! Another good thing about breastfeeding :-)
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    My baby once went without no.2 for 12 days! She needed 2 days to clear her bowel afterwards. She does no. 2 every 2-3 days as well. I sometimes top her up with formula after breast feeding. Gataloca is right about breast milk producing less waste. I've asked a nurse about it.

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    This is completely normal, every baby has a different poop cycle. As long as it's not dry and hard he's fine. If he seems uncomfortable at all talk to your doctor.

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    Exclusively breasfed babies definitely can poo less frequently and even up to 3 weeks without a poo is considered normal(!) so you absolutely have nothing to worry about. Sometimes a period with no or few poos will be followed by more frequent ones, but not always. It is v v difficult for an exclusively breastfed baby to be constipated any as your babies poo is still normal, definitely nothing to be concerned about.

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    Yes, my son once went 24 days without a poop. It was insane! He pooped so infrequently that I started charting it on the calendar so I could keep accurate count. He was breastfed exclusively. The pediatrician even thought 24 days was long, and told me that he might be prone to constipation when he started solid foods (even though when he did poop, it was soft). However, once he started solid foods his BMs have been daily and regular. No problems at all.

    I researched a lot at the time, because I thought it was so strange, and learned that breastmilk can be 100% percent absorbed by the body. It's just that most babies' immature digestive system has them expelling what they eat (even if it's exclusively breastmilk), but in some babies their digestive system can take it all in, and boy do they take it all in, haha, in the sense that they make no waste.

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