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When breast fed babies skip days without having a bowel movement does it cause tummy aches?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics
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In brief: Bowel movements

Breast fed babies can skip up to seven days and more.
This does not cause pain although when they do have a movement they may grunt and make faces, but this is normal. The most important thing is a normal soft to watery consistency.

In brief: Bowel movements

Breast fed babies can skip up to seven days and more.
This does not cause pain although when they do have a movement they may grunt and make faces, but this is normal. The most important thing is a normal soft to watery consistency.
Dr. Barry Bergman
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
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In brief: No

As surprising as it may seem, breastfed babies appear to be in little or even no discomfort from not having a bowel movement.
In fact, they may normally go without one for days and even a week. Had a case of no bowel movement x 2 weeks (excessive) but then had a normal one. I'd not wait that long, though, because there may be another issue going on such as not enough milk ingestion.

In brief: No

As surprising as it may seem, breastfed babies appear to be in little or even no discomfort from not having a bowel movement.
In fact, they may normally go without one for days and even a week. Had a case of no bowel movement x 2 weeks (excessive) but then had a normal one. I'd not wait that long, though, because there may be another issue going on such as not enough milk ingestion.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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