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How many bowel movements should my infant have?

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Dr. Adam Naddelman
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Varies: The amount of bowel movements an infant can have varies tremendously. It can be every few hours, once a day, every few days, or even once a week. The important thing is to speak to your pediatrician if he/she is very uncomfortable when passing a stool, if the stool is very hard, or if there is a sudden and dramatic change in her bowel movements.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
0-7: 7 times in 1 day or 1 time is seven days as long as it is soft and not painful, it's normal.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
3 - 4: A young baby usually poops after each feeding or after every-other feeding (averaging 3-4 poops a day). As the weeks go by, babies tend to poop less often, some twice a day while others once every-other day. As long as a baby is happily eating and growing; and does not have constipation, bloating, or tummy aches; the number of poops a day is not very important. Babies pee several times a day.

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A 31-year-old female asked:

How many bowel movements should an infant have a day?

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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Bowel movements: An infant can have as many as6-8 stools a day depending if he is on breast or bottle. Breast fed babies usually stool more often.

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