U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A member asked:

how many times per day should my baby poop?

10 doctor answers16 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
It depends....: The frequency of bowel movements varies with age. In the first month, babies can have 4-7 stools per day, sometimes after every feed! at about one month, most infants will move their bowels about 1-4 times per day. By about 4 months, some breastfed babies will only need to have a bm once or twice a week! call your doctor if you are not sure.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
4 per day to every 4: Average will be somewhere between 4 per day to once every 4 days. However, some babies will poop 6- 8 times per day and some up to every 7-10 days. There obviously is a wide range of normal. If baby acts well in between and they arent in discomfort, then you should be fine.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Varies from 1-6: Babies in the first couple months of life poop quite often, sometimes after each feeding. Pooping decreases as a baby gets older, and may eventually be just once a day. There is great variation among normal healthy babies in pooping frequency. Parents can tell the doctor at each check-up how the pooping is, and the doctor can help decide if such pooping is normal.
Dr. Paul Trani
Specializes in Pediatrics
Once, probably: It really depends on what your baby eats. Breast-fed babies often have one bm/day, or sometimes one bm every 2-3 days. The most important thing is that the stool is soft, but remember that many breast-fed babies have watery stools. Bms 3-4 times/day are common for other babies, and these are usually of a mushy consistency.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
7x in 1 d or 1/wk: 7 times in 1 day or 1 time in 7 days as long as it is nonpainful and soft it is all normal.
Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 29 years experience
It varies: Wow, this varies a lot. It's typical for breast fed babies to stool after nearly every feeding, though that slows down some as they get older. However, going several days between stools is not abnormal either, in a baby that is eating regularly and appears comfortable and healthy.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: Breastfed babies often poop with each feed in the first few months. Babies fed formula or older children can poop anywhere from several times per day to only once per week. As long as the stool is soft (not hard balls), it's normal. If you do see hard stools, especially associated with pain or blood, your pediatrician may have some simple suggestions to improve it.
Dr. Victoria Acharya
Specializes in Pediatrics
Depends: P.S. All babies tend to strain rather dramatically with stools at some point, probably because their brain is working hard to coordinate their intestinal muscles (which are still weak) and nerves. Plus they are laying flat most of the time, so they don't have help from gravity. As long as their stools are soft, the crying, pulling up of legs, turning red is normal and won't last forever.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Breast poops...: ...Can be even more variable: very loose stools with every feeding are normal, but so are formed stools once a week, and every schedule in between, even changing from one to the other extreme.
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Depends on the age: How old is your baby? If we are talking about the first or second month then for breastfed babies it might be 6-10 times (sometimes with every feeding) or formula fed babies might have 2-3 stools a day. After 2 months or so of life they start stooling less, especially no stooling at night. So babies after 2 months of age may stool anywhere from 2-3 times a day to every other day.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

CA
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it normal for my baby to breastfeed and not have a bowel movement for days?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Usually after the first few weeks the pattern of stooling can change from after every feed to every two or three days, sometimes even longer. If the baby is urinating, gaining weight and is comfortable this is not a problem.
A 21-year-old female asked:

I have extreme cramps and back pain the first day I get my period so bad and it last awhile and pain meds don't help could this be something serious?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Shahid Rafique
Internal Medicine 44 years experience
Probably not: In younger women congestive dysmenorrhea can be very severe just before and the first 1-2 days of the cycle. If the symptoms are so severe consider using oral contraceptives which will relieve the symptoms. Talk to your gynecologist about it.
Phoenix, AZ
A 24-year-old female asked:

Could I be pregnant if I had spotting the first day then light bleeding the next two days ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Adam Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 29 years experience
Yes: Have you had sex in ethe last month? If so do a pregnancy test and find out good luck.
A 25-year-old female asked:

My 1month old baby has gurgling sound when she breathes, its like she has phlegm, but she doesn't have cough or cold, its worst at night what could it be?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sabina Ben-Zion
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Can be normal: Babies often have a congested sound because they breathe through their nose and can't blow their noses. Your baby may also have some milk/formula in back of throat that she is not clearing or coughing like adults would. As long as your baby is not having labored breathing, and it is not interferring with her eating or sleeping, treat it as just a noise.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to take a stool softener with birth control pills?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Yes: Will not interfere, but if you are 47 you may want to consider an in office tubal by the essure or adiana method that I do on my pts takes 5 minutes easy to do minimal to no pain miss 1/2 day of work, and then if u do not want periods you can get an in office endometrial abaltion to get rid of the endometrial tissue so no more periods or cramps takes 8 minutes easy to do.

Related questions

A 34-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
A 30-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 30-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
A 31-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Apr 12, 2020
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.