Infrequent stooling in older babies

Is my five-month-old constipated?

A normal five-month-old breastfed baby can easily go 10 days without a bowel movement, because breast milk is completely absorbed by the baby’s gut. 

A) Infrequent stooling

A normal five-month-old breastfed baby can easily go 10 days without a bowel movement. The reason for infrequent stooling is that breast milk is completely absorbed by the baby’s gut. The main parts of the stool are dead cells shed from the gut lining, bacteria, and mucus. Once the baby starts eating solid foods, the stools become more frequent and varied in colour. 

A breastfed baby is not constipated if the stools (poop) are soft and pasty. Babies who are constipated have hard, dry stools, and strain to pass them. They may pass small amounts of hard stool several times a day or only once every few days. Constipation is rare among breastfed babies.