I was one of the last of my friends to have a baby, so I felt like I'd heard everything there was to hear about new motherhood, and specifically, breastfeeding. I'd been warned about mastitis, thrush, forceful letdowns that cause infants to startle and sputter, and the frustrating inability to produce enough milk. On top of that, in my third trimester, my husband and I took an actual breastfeeding class and I perused whole books about nursing. Still, despite everything I thought I knew about this "womanly art," I felt woefully unprepared when my son was born. What I didn't realize -- what no one made clear -- is that even when breastfeeding goes well, many aspects of it feel wrong. The uncensored truth wouldn't have dissuaded me from breastfeeding my baby the benefits are just too compelling , but it would have helped me cope with the seemingly endless barrage of challenges.
Breastfeeding Poop vs. Formula Poop. What's the Difference?
Breastfed Poop: Color, Texture, Frequency, Smell, and More
Constipation is uncommon in infancy, particularly in breastfed babies, but it can happen. Breastfed babies tend to have fewer episodes of constipation and diarrhea than formula-fed babies because breast milk is easier than formula to digest. A baby might be constipated if they are passing hard pebble-like stools or have a distended belly. As every baby poops on their own schedule, the frequency of bowel movements is not always an accurate indicator of constipation. In this article, we examine the possible causes of constipation in breastfed babies.
How much poop should there be? When this happens, the daily colour changes in the nappy and the amount of poop can serve as reassurance that breast milk is being swallowed despite a little initial weight loss. Watch your baby feeding carefully. When breastfeeding is going well you might expect to see at least one wet nappy on the first day of life followed by at least two on the second, at least three on the third, and so on to at least five wet nappies by the fifth day of life. Plenty of wet nappies are important to show that a baby is well hydrated.
However, there is a wide range of normal in infant stooling patterns. The correct definition of constipation is when a baby experiences hard, dry, infrequent bowel movements that are difficult and painful to pass. Breastfed babies rarely have these types of bowel movements while exclusively nursing. In the first two or three days of life, it would be typical for a baby to wet only one or two diapers per day. A newborn in the first few days after birth will pass dark, tarry stools called meconium, the substance he has stored since before birth.