Constipation is difficulty, delay or pain when passing stools. In the first three to four months, breastfed babies should pass loose, yellow stools at least two or three times a day. From three to four months, stools will become less frequent and it’s not unusual for a baby to go several days without a bowel movement. As long as your baby is well and happy, there’s no need to worry. After the introduction of solid food, stools may change in frequency and colour.
Constipation is rare in breastfed babies, but if your baby is constipated he may not be getting enough milk because of poor attachment or positioning. Check with your midwife or health visitor.
Constipation is more frequent in formula-fed babies, and indeed babies switching from breast to formula often develop the condition.
If your baby is constipated, it is always best to consult your healthcare professional.