If babies came with a bodily functions decoder, a mother's life would be so much easier. Despite all of the diaper tracking and dietary changes, many moms still ask "is my breastfed baby constipated?" and worry that "clogged pipes" may be the root of their tummy pain. Although constipation is supposedly rare in breastfed babies — since breastmilk is very easily digestible — it can still happen. So how do you know if your baby is really constipated or not? Luckily, there are a few ways to tell that don't require a "how to" manual.
According to La Leche League International (LLLI,) your baby will likely only wet and dirty one or two diapers for the first few days of your baby's life. From there, the number of dirty diapers will increase. But as your milk looses it's colostrum, which has laxative effects, it's normal for your baby to skip a day or so between bowel movements.
Like most things, every baby's system is different and it's just as normal for a breastfed baby to poop after every feeding as it is for them to poop only once a day, or even skip a day. LLLI also noted that once you introduce solids to your baby, their elimination patterns change, and you can expect the frequency of your baby's bowel movements to change along with their new diet.
Although it's not common, breastfed babies can still be constipated. Keeping track of the following signs can help you determine if constipation is the culprit behind their discomfort.