How Often Should a Breastfed Baby Poop? *
How often should a breastfed baby poop?
I’ve entered those words into Google and searched for a good answer no less than twenty times since Kara was born in December, and I never really came up with a great answer to the question.
You see, my breastfed baby only poops about once a week (and sometimes goes as many as 10 days), and since my experience with Evan was so different (he was formula fed, and pooped several times a day), I was worried absolutely sick that something was not right.
Is my breastfed baby constipated?
The first doctor we questioned about the poop problem did little to settle our fears, and I was left with the concern that something could be wrong. We were instructed to give our 2-month-old baby pear juice (even though her poop was not hard) and we were even set up with a GI specialist to rule out disorders like Hirschprung’s Disease.
Filled with worry, I wrote a post on Babble about Kara’s poop issues, and I also polled my Facebook community to find out what was normal as far as breastfed baby poop, and I was reassured that it is completely normal for breastfed babies to go several days between poops.
Not wanting to subject Kara to unnecessary testing, I sought a second doctor’s opinion.
Normal breastfed baby poop
The second doctor told me that it is completely normal for a breastfed baby to poop 10 times a day, or every 10 days.
He described breast milk as, “A clean burning fuel,” and told me that my baby was completely healthy.
Baby poop update
At 5-montshs-old, my breastfed baby still only poops about once a week. I no longer worry that anything is wrong, and I know that this is just what is normal for her.
I didn’t write this post because I have a strong desire to type the word poop on my blog thirty times. I wrote it because worrying that there is something wrong with your baby because her poop isn’t coming as frequently as you think it should, or because it’s green instead of yellow (I’ll do a post on what normal breastfed baby poop looks like next, haha) can be terrifying.
So, if you landed here after Googling: “How often should a breastfed baby poop?”, rest assured, your baby is probably absolutely health and normal.