It is normal for a baby to rarely breastfeed
Recognizing the stages of BABThe 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.