How Long Can A Breastfed Baby Go Without Pooping? Here’s When To Expect A Diaper Change How Long Can A Breastfed Baby Go Without Pooping? Here’s When To Expect A Diaper Change
I never gave much thought to any other creature’s poop — until I had my daughter. Suddenly I was logging newborn diapers in an... How Long Can A Breastfed Baby Go Without Pooping? Here’s When To Expect A Diaper Change

I never gave much thought to any other creature’s poop — until I had my daughter. Suddenly I was logging newborn diapers in an infant feeding diary, including detailed notes on their color and consistency. (Yes, I’ve considered keeping the log, and presenting it to her at her wedding, but I’m not that mean.) Babies eliminate differently from the big people, and a lot depends on how they’re fed. So it makes sense to wonder, how long can a breastfed baby go without pooping?

According to ChildrensMD, newborn babies should poop after almost every feeding, because they’re still getting used to their new digestive system. Pooping six times a day is great for them — they’re learning, after all — but I admit, it’s hard on the diaper genie. After two to three months of digestive practice, however, breastfed babies can absolutely go two whole weeks without pooping.

Sound incredible? It kind of is — it’s also an outside number. Many more breastfed babies will poop once every two or three days, and some will just keep on pooping every day, forever, according to What To Expect Your First Year by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel. A poop once a week is no cause for alarm, as long as your baby pees often, continues to gain weight, and remains her usual cheerful self, La Leche League explained. So, if it’s been a few days since you’ve seen an especially messy diaper, don’t automatically assume your breastfed baby is constipated. In fact, breastfed babies are rarely constipated, noted Murkoff and Mazel, because breast milk is a natural “tummy soother.” So count yourself lucky, and celebrate saving on baby wipes.

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How can your adorable critter go so long without a truly dirty diaper? Consider that your breast milk is the perfect recipe of fats, proteins, and micronutrients for your baby. Once she gets the hang of the inner workings of her baby belly, she’ll want to soak up every molecule — without leaving any waste behind, noted Murkoff and Mazel. Though your baby might have fewer poops, the dirty diapers she does make should be substantial.

As long as your breastfed baby’s 2 months or older, it’s OK if she doesn’t poop as often as you’d expect. Keep in mind that every baby is an individual, and that you know your own baby’s belly (and bowels) the best. So if anything concerns you about her bowel movements — or lack thereof —don’t hesitate to give your pediatrician a call.

 

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Henry Okafor

  • Caat

    2017-07-12 #1 Author

    Glad I’m choosing breastfeeding

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  • O’Tasia

    2017-07-12 #2 Author

    I chose to breastfeed its healthy for newborns🙏🏾

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  • Ceara

    2017-07-12 #3 Author

    I breastfed for 3 months I think my son pooped everyday

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  • Breasia

    2017-07-13 #4 Author

    I breastfed for atleast 2 months and my baby pooped every other day

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  • Dynasty

    2017-07-13 #5 Author

    I breastfed for 2 months my baby didn’t like it so much

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  • Bri Tate

    2017-07-13 #6 Author

    Breastfeeding is the healthiest thing for a baby.

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  • LaShandra Donald

    2017-07-13 #7 Author

    I breastfed both of my children. I took my 11 yr old daughter off when she turned 10 months simply because she bit me. My son however is now 16 months and I’m finally trying to take him off.. I encourage breastfeeding over formula to anyone

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  • Carmen

    2017-07-13 #8 Author

    Wow 2 weeks? I would’ve thought something was wrong.

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  • Vanessaq

    2017-07-13 #9 Author

    Wow this is some news to learn

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  • Tyeisha Daniels

    2017-07-13 #10 Author

    I wanted to breastfeed with my baby boy, but I gave up to easily he wouldn’t latch on and I was so depressed after giving birth. Breastfeeding is the best method for nurturing your baby.

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  • Tyeisha

    2017-07-13 #11 Author

    I wish I would’ve kept trying to breastfeed my son, but I was so depressed after I had him.

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  • Erika

    2017-07-16 #12 Author

    Of course it’s okay. Don’t panic ALL babies are different. My bf baby hasn’t pooped in two days…

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  • Cadaisha

    2017-07-19 #13 Author

    I Had To Change My Babies Right After Each Feeding LBVS Great Benifits Breastfeeding Though 👍🏾

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