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Baby constipation isn’t something that I had considered in the early days of having Lucas, we were asked how he slept, how he was feeding, we were told how many wet and dirty nappies we should expect and Lucas seemed to be doing what they health visitors were saying.

However, once he got to about 6 weeks old, he started struggling when he needed to poo. He screamed and cried in agony for up to an hour, wriggling around until he managed to pass it. This continued for a few weeks, even if he had wind, it would be a stressful time for Lucas and us, feeling helpless watching him go through agony. We visited the doctors a couple of times who told us it was normal and that Lucas was learning how to poo. He said that babies can go up to 10 days without having a poo and there is nothing wrong with that. I would have been fine with that if he wasn’t struggling so much.

As I was exclusively breastfeeding, I looked at what I was eating and whether there was any pattern between me eating and drinking certain things and if it made it easier for Lucas or whether it was a particular bad time afterwards.

I found that when I drank fresh orange juice, it was noticeably easier for Lucas to poo but I wanted to be careful not to drink too much and cause him to have diarrhoea. I also took him to baby massage sessions where I was taught some simple massage points on his feet and tummy that has an effect on the bowels. Lucas instinctively moved his legs in a bicycle motion before we started to go to these sessions but that was also one of the moves we were shown. Lucas really relaxed when I gently massaged his tummy in a clockwise circular motion.

Thankfully, we are past these days now but if you are struggling with this, SMA Nutrition have put together an infographic with some ideas on how to deal with reflux and constipation.


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If your baby appears to be in pain or if you are concerned for any other reason, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional such as your GP, health visitor or public health nurse.


48 Comments on Struggling with baby constipation – baby feeding issues

  1. selina
    February 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm (1 year ago)

    great tips ill pass on to my friends with babiesx

  2. Jen
    February 22, 2017 at 2:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Having experienced the joys of this with my babies, I know just how difficult it can be. Best advice I have is the baby massage, and making sure you’re following the right paths with it. Really helped out little fella.

  3. Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)
    February 22, 2017 at 6:34 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m so lucky not to have a reflux baby! My little boy still occasionally got constipated though and these are similar to the tips the health visitor said. Great post!

  4. Welsh Cakes and Wellies
    February 22, 2017 at 7:07 pm (1 year ago)

    My eldest had terrible reflux, it’s awful to see them struggle with it when they’re so little, it’s not fair! Great post and advice for mums!

  5. Sophie
    February 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh bless, it’s so hard. Gentle massage in a clockwise motion may help xx

  6. tots2travel
    February 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm (1 year ago)

    It’s a common problem for little ones so any sound advice helps.

  7. Newcastle Family Life
    February 22, 2017 at 9:27 pm (1 year ago)

    My little boy suffered really badly with this from being a few weeks old, he was on different medications for almost two years. Strangely as soon as he potty trained himself before his 2nd birthday he has had no problems at all. x

  8. Joanna
    February 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm (1 year ago)

    My son suffred when he was a few months old baby massage really seemed to work

  9. Alice Soule
    February 23, 2017 at 7:42 am (1 year ago)

    Baby massage is fab, it really helps with so many issues. I took Jude when he was tiny but he hated it…looking back now, I know it’s because of his over sensitivity to touch. Apart from that though, my bubbas have always loved it x

  10. Ella Ivoire
    February 23, 2017 at 1:03 pm (1 year ago)

    This is really helpful for mommas! Baby constipation must be hell, poor babies

  11. Lindsey
    February 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Such a great tips to share with Mumma’s. As it can be quite stressful for baby and mother x

  12. clairejustine
    February 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm (1 year ago)

    My babies are all grown up now but I remember these days well. Not nice for the babies is it. I remember one if mine crying in pain with it 🙁

  13. five little doves
    February 23, 2017 at 2:38 pm (1 year ago)

    Megan had severe constipation and reflux as a baby, I remember it well! Great advice.

  14. Alina
    February 23, 2017 at 6:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh dear. I’ll be sure to share this with my sis who’s having a second, hopefully it helps her 🙂

  15. Catie: An Imperfect Mum
    February 23, 2017 at 8:03 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you for sharing this fab & informative post with us at #ablogginggoodtime

  16. Kara
    February 24, 2017 at 2:45 pm (1 year ago)

    I always found baby massage was the one thing that worked for us

  17. Kayleigh
    February 25, 2017 at 9:18 am (1 year ago)

    Some really great tips here that I’m sure will help other parents that are struggling with their little ones. Reflux and constipation are not nice for them at all!

  18. Michelle Twin Mum
    February 25, 2017 at 6:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Bless, it can cause them so much pain. I remember massage after their bath being really useful. Mich x

  19. Donna Ashworth
    February 26, 2017 at 3:14 pm (1 year ago)

    Great tips for new mums, I remember the struggles so very well!

  20. Emma-Hope Newitt
    February 26, 2017 at 6:17 pm (1 year ago)

    Some great tips, your baby is gorgeous!

  21. Emma
    February 26, 2017 at 6:39 pm (1 year ago)

    Aaawww bless him! I don’t have children yet but I remember my little sister being constipated as a baby and she would be in so much pain! Good tips.


    February 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm (1 year ago)

    It can be really hard when baby is struggling with constipation, great tips I will pass this on to my friend who has just had her first baby.

  23. Sara (Ballsy Mama)
    February 27, 2017 at 8:04 am (1 year ago)

    This was such a horrible phase to get through. Important to get good advice out

  24. Becki Parsons
    February 27, 2017 at 8:27 am (1 year ago)

    Great tips. My little one has always struggled – he’s 3 now and still struggles to poop regularly. The stomach massage always worked really well for him as a baby though. #rv&ht

  25. Hanah Bailey-Churcher
    February 27, 2017 at 8:30 am (1 year ago)

    Some great tips, love the easy to read info graphic!

  26. Rhian Westbury
    February 27, 2017 at 9:58 am (1 year ago)

    I wouldn’t have thought what you have would affect them that much, I’m glad things are getting better x

  27. Baby Isabella
    February 27, 2017 at 11:54 am (1 year ago)

    Great infographic! I have bad baby constipation too when I was smaller and my folks had no idea what was wrong with me. Hopefully this post will help raise awareness x

  28. nicol
    February 27, 2017 at 2:47 pm (1 year ago)

    would never have thought orange juice would help too! this was very interesting to read

  29. Sarah (KissableKreatins)
    February 27, 2017 at 7:09 pm (1 year ago)

    My daughter had terrible reflux and was admitted to hospital at 2 weeks old with it. I learn to live with it and managed it with keeping her in an upright position for atleast 10 minutes after having milk and putting a pillow underneath her mattress to keep her head above her body at night. It seemed to help a lot.

    Such an amazing post to share.

  30. Kara
    February 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh this reminds me of when my little one was a baby, great tips

  31. Stephanie Cummings
    February 27, 2017 at 8:07 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh gosh! Another reason I’m never having babies!!! Some good tips for people who have babas with issues

  32. Lavender Life
    February 27, 2017 at 8:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Will share this with my friends who have babies, sure they’ll find it useful 🙂

  33. Emma
    February 27, 2017 at 10:11 pm (1 year ago)

    My cousin had this problem with her son and used a product called bebegel to help relieve him. It’s agonising to see them in so much pain though

  34. shannon
    February 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm (1 year ago)

    I shared this with all my mommy friends!

  35. Annie B
    February 28, 2017 at 7:08 am (1 year ago)

    Not a parent yet but this was news to me, so it is good to know what I’d need to do

  36. Teresa Bowen
    February 28, 2017 at 11:06 am (1 year ago)

    Being childless I never even considered the possibility that young babies could be constipated.

  37. Tanya Brannan
    February 28, 2017 at 8:37 pm (1 year ago)

    A fantastic post and so much information for the new mums out there! I found it really interesting that when you drank orange juice it was easier for your baby x

  38. Rebecca Smith
    February 28, 2017 at 10:04 pm (1 year ago)

    These are very timely tips as I’ve got a 7 week old currently suffering, thank you!

  39. Jo - Pickle & Poppet
    March 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm (1 year ago)

    I remember my little boy going 7 days before he poo’d and he was exclusively breastfed. Everyone told me it was really normal, when he did go after that week it was explosive. I took him to baby massage and it was one of the best decisions as I still use the techniques now when he has a bad tummy (and he is 3) and on his baby sister. #TuesdayTreasures

  40. Amy & Tots
    March 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm (1 year ago)

    Fab post! Luckily mine have never suffered with constipation. Just big explosive poops! #TuesdayTreasures

  41. Jemma
    March 2, 2017 at 9:49 am (1 year ago)

    Reflux and constipation can be so hard to deal with in newborns. Great tips!

  42. Lyndsey
    March 2, 2017 at 10:23 am (1 year ago)

    Aww poor thing great tips though I’m sure they will help lots of people! L x

  43. Fashion and Style Police
    March 2, 2017 at 11:59 am (1 year ago)

    My kids suffered a lot from constipation and reflux when they were babies. I remember those days.

  44. Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum)
    March 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Great tips here! I’m so lucky I didn’t have a reflux baby! I did have to deal with him getting a little constipated sometimes and these are some fab tips for helping with that!

    #RV&HT thanks for linking up! x

  45. Angela Webster
    March 2, 2017 at 2:33 pm (1 year ago)

    Both of my youngest suffered terribly with constipation in fact Jake still has trouble now it’s awful. Thank you for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures

  46. Jo - Mother of Teenagers
    March 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm (1 year ago)

    This is so long ago for me but I do remember being told to drink orange juice. Good luck! #family fun

  47. Tammymum
    March 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh its hard when they are crying and you are not sure what it is isn’t it? We had a pretty grim time with reflux and on the odd occasion the constipation too. I think all the literature and as much info as you can get is a great tool. Leaflets like this really can be so helpful – anything to help improve things for the little ones and parents too eh. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun xx


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