[I know, I know. First breastfeeding, now this. Once again I apologize to readers who couldn’t care less about this. But I have a bit of a crisis over here and need the wisdom of my readers.]
First of all, THANK YOU for all the great advice about breastfeeding. I don’t think I would have made it this far without all the great advice I got. The pain is still pretty bad but I see a light at the end of the tunnel.
I now have another problem that I want to take some space on this blog to address in case anyone can help me: my baby isn’t pooping. I cannot figure out why. None of the usual explanations seem to be a good fit. I’m really hoping that someone else has experienced this and might be able to help me, because I’m pretty sure that when I take her to the doctor next week he’s going to tell me to start supplementing formula, which could spell doom for breastfeeding. Here’s the deal:
– The baby *can* have bowel movements on her own. She did so multiple times before we left the hospital.
– Since we left the hospital (Thursday 8/30) the only time she’s had a bowel movement was Tuesday (9/4), and that was because we gave her a half glycerin suppository at the recommendation of the pediatrician. Since we left the hospital, she has not had a single spontaneous BM on her own (without the help of a suppository).
– Over the weekend she had to have her temperature taken rectally twice, and that didn’t move things along.
– The doctor said that it’s not abnormal for breastfed babies to go up to five days with no stools, even at this age. He said they start to worry around day five. My babies always tend toward having fewer BM’s than other babies. Still, clearly something’s out of whack that she hasn’t had a single spontaneous (not suppository-induced) BM since we left the hospital more than a week ago.
– The BM on Tuesday was not hard and didn’t have any signs of constipation.
– She doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort. I see her straining as if she’s trying to have a BM sometimes but she never cries or gives other indicators that she’s in pain.
– She is gaining weight at a good rate. She’s gaining almost an ounce a day and is back at her birthweight (7 lbs. 1 oz.), which is a faster regain than either of my previous children.
– I am almost positive she’s getting enough to eat. Having breastfed two other babies recently, I’m pretty sure I know what it looks and sounds like when a baby is getting enough milk (and, again, her weight gain is good). I’m working hard to keep her awake to feed as long as possible (feedings are about 20 – 40 min.) so I’m also pretty sure she’s getting enough hindmilk. She eats roughly every two hours around the clock (maybe one longer stretch without a feed at night).
I’m perplexed. The usual answer would be that she’s not getting enough milk, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Does anyone have any ideas? The pediatrician wasn’t concerned on Monday, but I think that when I take her back they’re going to treat it as if it’s a low caloric intake issue and tell me to start supplementing with formula bottles, which I’d really rather avoid if possible.
Does anyone have any ideas for this perplexing situation?
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