It is normal for a baby to rarely breastfeed

Defecation (BAB) in infants is one of the parents' attention. Babies who are given breast milk exclusively exclusively do not often defecate, as babies who are given formula milk. Likewise, the frequency of bowel movements and the texture of infant feces are of primary concern because of these two factors, the adequacy value of a baby's nutritional intake can be estimated.

Recognizing the stages of BAB

The first few days after birth, the baby will remove blackish green stool, called meconium. Breast milk that comes out the first time, colostrum, will help the baby secrete meconium. Generally three days later, the baby's stool will turn yellowish in color with a softer texture. Until the age of six weeks, breastfed babies will generally defecate about 2-5 times per day. Not infrequently, the baby will defecate every diaper changed. After the age range, some breastfed babies will defecate with almost the same pattern. Although some others only defecate once per day, even once every few days with more volume. The reason breastfeeding babies have less frequent bowel movements is because the composition of the milk is used entirely to meet the nutritional needs of babies. Therefore, very little remains is removed from the body through bowel movements. Babies who are less likely to defecate are still considered normal if the frequency of urination and weight gain are not problematic. Under normal conditions, babies do not appear to push excessively when defecating and the stool texture is not hard or dry.

What about the symptoms of difficulty in bowel movements?

Difficulty in bowel movements or constipation is actually rare in exclusively breastfed babies. Usually, babies begin to have difficulty defecating when given additional formula milk or have started eating complementary foods (MPASI). Noteworthy from the baby's BAB as a determinant of the condition of constipation or not, can be seen from:
  • Baby's expression when defecating seems excessive pushing or not.
  • The stool texture is harder than usual or not.
  • More and less urinating or not.
Babies who have difficulty defecating or constipation are usually characterized by a tense face when straining. Even so, do not jump to conclusions because the baby's face during a normal bowel movement looks red and is accompanied by tears. For this reason, parents need to pay attention to other signs of constipation. One important factor for determining whether a baby is constipated or not is fecal texture. In constipated babies, he will release stool that has a harder and drier texture. If the stool appears soft even if the bowel movement is only once a week or longer, chances are the baby is not constipated. If the baby is still passing urine smoothly, he may not experience constipation. Another symptom that can be noticed in infants is that the stomach is hard or not. In constipated babies, the stomach will feel tougher to the touch. Generally, babies also cry when defecating, sometimes there is little blood in the stool due to irritation in the anal wall. Parents can bathe the baby with warm water while giving a massage around the baby's abdomen to help launch a bowel movement. In infants who have been eating complementary foods, the doctor may recommend giving water or fruit juice in addition to fiber. Use of laxatives or laxatives in infants only if allowed by the doctor. Avoid hastily assuming that baby's milk is constipated. Look at the signs carefully. If necessary, consult your doctor to get the right treatment, yes.

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