NEWBORNS POO EVERYDAY
How often he poos will depend on whether your child is breast- or formula-fed in those first weeks. Breastfed babies do not really need to poo every day as breastmilk is considered to be more easily (and wholly) digested. Sister Ida Pretorius of Ida’s Baby Clinic who is a specialist in advanced neonatal nursing says, “Breastfed babies can pass seven stools in a day or one stool every seven days.” Formulafed babies usually need to poo every day or every second day to feel comfortable. As a mom it’s easy to panic when your baby hasn’t pooed for days and assume it’s constipation. Ida advises moms to check the type and consistency of your baby’s poo rather than frequency. Normal stools can be likened to the consistency of yoghurt or toothpaste. Your constipated baby will have hard, sticky, dry or pellet-like stools. Watch for any blood from anal fissures.