Constipation is a very common problem when you move from easily digested breastmilk or formula to introducing solid foods.
So before you start treating your baby for constipation - it’s worth taking some time to understand what constipation is, what causes it and when you may need to get medical advice….
It’s completely normal to see changes to your baby’s bowel movements when they go from exclusively milk feeds to solid foods.
You may notice a change in colour, texture, smell, frequency or the amount. You may also see chunks of food in your baby’s stool - again, this is completely normal as their digestive system is still developing and adapting to eating more solid foods.
Ideally, once your baby has started solids, they should be having at least one, easy to pass bowel movement every day.
This will vary greatly between babies and is highly dependent on the types of foods they’re eating - however, if your baby goes from regular bowel movements (1-4 daily) to less than once a day, then they may be at the beginnings of constipation.
Constipation can range from difficulty passing a stool to irregular bowel movements that can cause discomfort and abdominal pain. Dry, hard, small “rabbit” stools or large, difficult to pass stools are not normal. For your reference , see the link below to to the Bristol Stool Chart which will help you recognise what is “normal”.
It’s rare for breastfed babies to be constipated. If your breastfed baby is constipated, it’s possible she isn’t getting enough breastmilk and you might need to feed her more often.
Formula-fed babies might be constipated if the formula isn’t made up correctly and doesn’t have enough water in it, your baby may be sensitive to the proteins in the formula or the iron fortification in the formula.
Some other causes of constipation in babies, particularly when transitioning from milk feeds to solids foods include;
So what are the signs & symptoms that your baby may be constipated.
If you want to learn more about this, then I go into more detail on this topic and much more in my “Get it Right From Their First Bite” Program for introducing solids… so scroll down below this video and click on the link to find out more about the program.
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