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How many times per day should my baby poop?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Victoria Acharya
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Marcus Degraw
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