Kitsap Children's Clinic, LLP
Port Orchard

Bowel Movements

Normal bowel patterns vary from baby to baby and depending on whether the baby is breast or bottle fed. Breast fed infants have bowel movements varying from many a day (up to 6 or more) to going several days without a movement. Breast fed infants usually have a decrease in the frequency of the bowel movements at about one to four months of age. Bottle fed infants generally have less frequent and slightly firmer stools. Most babies strain, draw up their legs and even cry when they pass stool. As long as the stools are not hard pellets this is perfectly normal. Diluted prune or apple juice will usually soften hard stools. After all the meconium is expelled, the stools are usually mustard yellow, light brown or even green in color with small curd or seed like particles.

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