If you have a newborn baby, you are probably wondering if he is having a good bowel movement and if the frequency with which he does it is also normal. It probably is, but you have to be sure of it. Some babies look like poop factories, but it will depend on their health status and also on the type of diet. There are babies that can go several days without pooping and it doesn’t have to be a worrying thing unless your pediatrician tells you otherwise.
The reality is that you will change your baby’s diapers quite regularly , you can even change 12 times in 24 hours and as this rate grows, it decreases. Your baby’s food will determine how often he makes each. For example, breast milk has a natural laxative, and babies will poop more often than formula- fed babies . Formula is harder for babies to digest and therefore also changes the texture of their poop which becomes more solid so there will also be a greater chance of constipation.
BABY’S BOWEL MOVEMENTS
You need to become an expert on the color, texture and smell of baby poop to know when it is normal and when it is not. Baby poops can come in many shapes and you need to familiarize yourself with them to be calm every time your baby poops.
The first deposition
The baby’s first stool is what is known as meconium and is made up of what the baby has ingested while in the womb. This poop is dark greenish-black in color, sticky, and difficult to clean. It’s totally normal poop and it can last for a couple of days at least.
If the baby is breastfed
If the baby is breastfeeding, he will have a lot of bowel movements a day and once the meconium moment has passed, the baby’s poop will begin to change to a more greenish-black smell and then turn to a yellow hue, it can even be quite bright.
The texture will also change from sticky to grainy, it may even appear to be somewhat ‘loose’. These stools are soft and easy to make, usually parents will only know that the little one has pooped when they start to smell.
If the baby is formula-fed
When your baby drinks formula milk, he is likely to have fewer bowel movements or even cry when he is pooping because he may feel something annoying coming out of the anus without knowing what it is, especially if he is constipated. Formula milk is more difficult to digest and therefore digestions can also be somewhat heavier.
The amount of each from a formula-fed baby can be larger than breastfed babies. As for the color, it will have a yellow or pale yellow color and a much stronger smell. The good thing is that thanks to current diapers these odors can be kept quite controlled and you will only suffer them when you open the diaper to change.
Remember that each baby is different and if you are worried about your baby’s stools, it is best to go to the pediatrician to talk about your concerns. Each baby is different and if your baby has no discomfort and poops regularly, don’t worry if he poops more or less than your best friend’s, your sister’s or your neighbor’s baby. Each child follows a growth and biological rhythm, and if your baby has frequent diaper stains, is well fed and healthy, don’t worry!