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Re: Breastfeeding and Diet Question

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Posted by Rowena on August 24, 2003 at 03:09:32:

In Reply to: Breastfeeding and Diet Question posted by Kristin on August 22, 2003 at 17:41:33:

Hi Kristen

It's the cosistency of the stool and not the frequency of a baby's bowel motion that determines whether a child is constipated or not. Only if the stool is hard, dry and pebbly is the child is constipated. Because breast milk is the perfect food for babies there is very little left to waste. It's normal for an exclusively breast fed baby to go up to 10 days without doing a bowel motion. Even then, although the stool will be large, it's often soft or fluid, which means the child is NOT constipated.

It is extremely rare for an exclusively breast fed baby to become constipated before the introduction of solids. The frequency of bowel movements can change from day to day. They need no treatement provided stools are not hard, dry and prebbly (which is unlikely for a breast fed infant). Don't become overly concerned about your diet. Enjoy your food and enjoy your baby, she will poop when she is ready.


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