As a new mom, you may be concerned and anxious to see your baby passing a stool after every feed. You may be wondering if it is normal for your baby to poop after every feed or is your baby pooping too much? Just relax because it’s normal for babies to poop after every feed. Pooping after every meal is actually a good sign that your baby is getting plenty of milk. To know more on this keep reading.
- Is It Normal For My Baby To Poop After Every Feed?
- Do Breastfed Babies Poop More?
- How Many Times A Day Do Formula Fed Babies Poop?
- How Often Does A Baby Poop After Starting Solids?
- Frequent Pooping And Diaper Rash In Babies
- When Is Frequent Pooping In Babies Not Normal?
Is It Normal For My Baby To Poop After Every Feed?
Yes, it is perfectly normal for babies to poop after every feeding session. Some babies poop after every feed and some after every 3-5 days. In fact pooping after every feed indicates that your baby is in good health and getting enough milk. The frequency of stools can slow down between 3 to 6 weeks of birth as your baby’s stomach grows and she settles into a routine. But then some babies still continue pooping after every feed for as long as one year. Every baby is different. So, if your baby’s bowel movements are fairly consistent and he is his usual cheerful self, there is nothing to be concerned about frequent poops.
Do Breastfed Babies Poop More?
Pooping after every feed is common among breastfed babies. Breastfed babies poop more frequently than formula-fed babies. This is because breast milk contains immunoglobulins. These are substances produced by the body’s immune system. They also work as a natural laxative and are very helpful for clearing meconium in the initial days. They also contribute to frequent pooping and lack of constipation in breastfed babies.
It’s quite normal for some babies to have fewer bowel movements after 6 weeks. There may be cases where your baby may be pooping only once a week. But there is nothing to be alarmed about. Unless his stools are hard and dry he is not constipated. Your baby is getting the right balance of foremilk and hindmilk if he is producing soft and easy to pass stools.
How Many Times A Day Do Formula Fed Babies Poop?
Formula fed babies generally pass fewer stools than breastfed babies. This is for the simple reason that formula can be harder to digest as a result takes longer to pass through your baby’s system. But there may be instances where your formula fed babies will be pooping after every feed especially during the early weeks. How many times a day a formula fed baby poops differs from baby to baby and also changes as your baby grows. For some formula fed babies, during the first month, three bowel moments are considered normal while for others the frequency can go up to 5 poops a day. Between 1-2 months, the frequency of bowel movements changes in babies. So now your baby might just be passing one stool every day to one every other day. For some babies, passing stool once every two days is also considered normal. Just keep in mind that as long as the poop has the consistency of peanut butter, there is nothing to worry about.
How Often Does A Baby Poop After Starting Solids?
Once your baby starts solids around six months, the frequency of his poop will be affected. The frequency, color, and smell of the poop will change once your baby is on solid feed. Your baby may poop, several times in a day or he may go without a bowel movement for several days. We can attribute this to their immature digestive system. When your baby’s system is matured enough to process the solid food efficiently, you will notice that the bowel movement of your baby returns to normal once again.
Frequent Pooping And Diaper Rash In Babies
Babies who pass frequent stools after every feed are more prone to diaper rash. To prevent this it is better to coat your baby’s bottom with petroleum jelly after every diaper change. Use a diaper rash cream in case your baby develops a rash and the area has turned red.
Also, try and let your baby go without a diaper for a little time each day so that his bottom dries fully.
All this will help the diaper rash to get better, but if nothing works, do consult your baby’s doctor.
When Is Frequent Pooping In Babies Not Normal?
As we mentioned earlier that if your baby’s poops are soft and easy to pass, there is nothing to worry even if your baby is pooping after every feed. However, frequent pooping can also be a sign of diarrhea. Your baby may have diarrhea if:
- His poops are runny or liquid in consistency
- Your baby is pooping more often than usual and passing large amounts of stool
- His poops are explosive and spurting out of his bottom or running down his leg
There can be various causes of diarrhea in babies. Some of the common ones include:
- Digestive tract infection
- Allergic reaction to a food
- Intake of too much fruits or juices
- Reaction to a medicine
Diarrhea should go away without treatment within a period of 24 hours. However, if it lasts longer than that and is accompanied by fever, then it is advisable to check with your baby’s doctor to avoid dehydration in your baby.
In the meantime, keep feeding your baby with milk and food and keep a close eye for any signs of dehydration in your baby.
Did your baby also poop every time he ate? How often did your baby have a bowel movement? Do share your experience in the comments section below.