Breastfed children almost never have constipation because breast milk is generally easier to digest than formula milk. However, your baby may change the frequency of bowel movements as breast milk changes.
About 6 weeks after giving birth, your breast milk will have little or no more of a protein called colostrum. This component of breast milk helps your baby’s immune system to fight off germs. This substance also supports the baby’s bowel movements in the first few weeks of life. When milk is reduced or there is no colostrum, your baby may have fewer bowel movements.
Baby Farts a Lot Due to Formula Milk
If your baby is formula-fed, they may fart a lot if they swallow air while bottle feeding or if you change their formula. This is a normal because the baby’s digestive system is still sensitive. In case the newborn baby farts a lot but has no symptoms of constipation or other digestive problems, parents do not need to be too worried.
Newborn Baby Farts a lot But Doesn’t Poop from Eating Solids
When you introduce solid food, your baby may not have a bowel movement and may have a lot of gas. This commonly happens when babies are introduced to new food.
You can start your baby on new foods gradually, preferably one at a time, so you can identify foods that cause gas or constipation.
If your newborn baby farts a lot but doesn’t poop, check for other signs and symptoms of constipation:
- Doesn’t want to suck
- Passes hard, small stools
- Cries often or is upset
- Has dry and dark-colored stools
- Is extremely tense and red but no poop comes out