Posted in Bottle Feeding, Child's Health

Six day old still hadn’t pooped since Wednesday

We switched to formula on Wednesday to supplement since I couldn’t breastfeed the appropriate amount, per the hospitals recommendation. Since Wednesday my baby hasn’t pooped. No signs of distress really, she’s definitely gassy and we feed her 1oz every two hours. Still waiting nervously . Anybody go thru something similar in the early stages?

  • Anonymous
    Jun 30

    Yes, their tummies just need time to adjust. Do bicycle kicks to try and work it out. My son waited until we were at the doctors on the exam table with no diaper to let like a weeks worth out 😑.

  • Payge
    Jun 30

    yep! my daughter went almost 2 weeks without pooping. it was insane. we went to her peds office and they said it was normal, which i found hard to believe. the next day my daughter was nonstop screaming and her tummy felt pretty hard. went to the ER and they told us the same thing. So we called peds office again and said (this part is very gross) to alleviate some of her pain from not pooping to get a qtip, dip it in vaseline and put it up her butt. not too far and not too rough, and move it around a bit. worked like a charm!!! i’ve never seen a baby poop so much😳 we only had to do that twice and now she’s 100% regular! we also found out that she’s lactose intolerant which was the main problem so we had to switch to soy formula and that helped her tummy too, her little body wasn’t able to process the milk but it processed the soy just fine

  • Anna
    Jun 30

    Wow thank you both for the reassurance!!

  • Fara
    Jun 30

    Also-- apple sauce does wonders when she's old enough for "solids." I had to make sure my son had some every day (along with rice cereal) to keep him regular for a bit, but after I introduced other fruits and veggies, it seemed to regulate just fine. Also-- if anyone gives you crap (ha!) for using formula, you're welcome to try my retort of, "Well, you're welcome to try!" while giving a dramatic sweeping motion. Unfortunately, I've yet to use it IRL, thankfully no one's said anything to me about it -- but I'm ready when/if it does! By the way, there is *absolutely no shame* in supplementing. Some people just don't make enough (like me, it was a "good day" if I got 2oz total). My son's about to turn a year old tomorrow (!) and he's been on strictly formula since 6 weeks. He's met all of his milestones and is a pretty sharp baby overall. FWIW, not drinking enough water and Benadryl, of all things, allegedly messes with your supply. But, I drank probably over 2 quarts a day and it ain't did nothing. *shrugs* You're doing great! Going to the doc and then group sourcing for advice is showing maternal maturity A LOT of new mothers don't have. Well done! Relatedly, don't worry if you haven't bonded with her yet. A good percentage of mothers don't until their baby reaches 6 weeks or so. At that point, they can see much further, maintain eye contact while feeding, smiling intentionally, and beginning to laugh instead of just being a demanding lump. That isn't talked about enough and then mothers think they're doing something wrong, or feel little to no feelings about their newborn, and that *definitely* is a large part of postpartum depression, besides the hormones coursing through your body. At 6 weeks, we started bonding and at 2 months, I was smitten.

  • Fara
    Jun 30

    I didn't mean to write the novel. Sorry about that, especially if my "advice" is moot. 🤭

  • Fara
    Jun 30

    Oh! Have you tried Gripe water for the gas and tummy aches? That's the bee's knees!!

  • Fara
    Jun 30

    I'm done now, I swear. 😆

  • Megan
    Jul 01

    For both my kids the pediatrician told us not to worry til it hit 10 days without pooping as long as they are peeing a lot. They also don’t mind if you call and ask. We have called our nurses line so many times over the years and they are fine with it. That’s what they’re there for. And we never used the Q-Tip with Vaseline but pretty much the same thing. We would take the infant thermometer that has the little know where to stop so you don’t put it too far up their butt... and we would take her temperature for both reasons... make sure her temp is good but also help trigger those muscles into pushing... works like a charm! Some times we take her temp twice back to back to get it moving. She’s two and we even did this same thing not too long ago when she was constipated and it still works! If you’re not comfortable with that yet, I’d say start with the bicycle kicks and tummy massages. They can work too. Rubbing the tummy in circles and than a downward motion.

  • Anna
    Jul 01

    This q tip thing worked like a charm - thanks all for the suggestion. She finally pooooped!!