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I just gave birth and my baby boy is 2 weeks old.

We have given him milk powder for his daily milk consumption.

He has not pooed for 2 days. What should I do to make him have smooth bowel movements? Is it the milk powder problem? Should I change? What type of milk powder do you suggest I give him?

I tried to pump out breast milk but my milk supply stopped.

Hope to receive soonest reply..


Asked by Nicole - Posted 6 years, 9 months, 2 weeks, 2 days, 16 hours, 51 minutes ago.

Hi Nicole,

Firstly, Congratulations on your new baby. It’s both exciting and trying times ahead.

Baby’s bowel habits can vary from either 4-5 times a day to once a week.

We always recommend breast feeding as it contains fatty acids that aid in passing frequent stools. Breast feeding however can be very challenging in the 1st 2 weeks so don’t give up. You can choose to supplement with any formula and there is no specific recommendation for this as I feel all are about the same.

What constitutes constipation is if the stools passed is hard or pellet like. Soft stools passed even once a week is normal. Please do not dilute your milk or give water.

I hope this is of some help to you

Kind regards,

Dr. Sanjay Woodhull
Consultant Paediatrician

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