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Is it normal for my baby to have a bowel movement after each feeding?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This is normal, especially with breastfed babies.
It is also normal for breastfed babies to go 10 days to 2weeks without pooping. As long as they have soft stools and their belly does not seem to be getting bigger or hard or painful this is fine. If your baby's suddenly begins to have watery more frequent stools they may have an infection and should see a doctor to make sure they are hydrated.

In brief: Yes

This is normal, especially with breastfed babies.
It is also normal for breastfed babies to go 10 days to 2weeks without pooping. As long as they have soft stools and their belly does not seem to be getting bigger or hard or painful this is fine. If your baby's suddenly begins to have watery more frequent stools they may have an infection and should see a doctor to make sure they are hydrated.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Thad Woodard
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

This is typical in babies and begins to slow with age.

In brief: Yes

This is typical in babies and begins to slow with age.
Dr. Thad Woodard
Dr. Thad Woodard
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

A young baby usually poops after every 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 normal in eating, growth, and development; and does not have constipation, bloating, or tummy aches; the number of poops per day is not very important.

In brief: Yes

A young baby usually poops after every 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 normal in eating, growth, and development; and does not have constipation, bloating, or tummy aches; the number of poops per day is not very important.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Yes

Many babies have a reflex that induces peristaltic bowel contractions when the stomach is filled.
As long as weight gain is normal, it cannot be considered diarrhea even if it's a bit watery.

In brief: Yes

Many babies have a reflex that induces peristaltic bowel contractions when the stomach is filled.
As long as weight gain is normal, it cannot be considered diarrhea even if it's a bit watery.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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