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You may be surprised at the number of diapers your newborn goes through every day.
Breast-fed babies may have as many as 5 to 10 bowel movements a day—or as few as 1 or 2 bowel movements. After a couple of weeks, breast-fed babies may have fewer bowel movements each day.
Bottle-fed babies tend to have 1 or 2 fewer bowel movements a day than breast-fed babies.
Your baby may have a few days between bowel movements. This usually isn't a problem as long as your baby seems comfortable and is healthy and growing, and as long as the stools aren't hard.
Your newborn baby's bowel movements (also called "stools") can change a lot in the days, weeks, and months after birth. The stools can come in many different colors and textures—all of which may be perfectly normal for your child.
As your baby grows and begins eating solid foods, you may notice changes in your baby's stool.
Many parents worry about stool color. But most color changes are caused by food coloring or additives to food and not a serious problem. When you notice a color change, think about what your baby has been eating.
Because a baby's stool does change a lot, it can be hard to know if your baby may have a problem. In general:
Call your doctor or get medical help right away if:
Contact your doctor if:
January 10, 2013
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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