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The minimum number of diapers to expect in 24 hours:
|Age in days||Wet diapers (pee)||Dirty diapers (poop)|
If you are uncertain if baby is having wet diapers, tuck a tissue into the diaper.
What If Baby Does Not Stool Every Day?
A breastfed baby, less than 3 weeks old who does not have at least one bowel movement larger than a quarter (coin) within a 24-hour period should be seen by a healthcare provider to ensure he is drinking well at the breast.
As babies get older, their stool patterns often change. From 2-4 months of age, some babies may only have a larger bowel movement every 5-7 days. As long as the stool is soft and yellowish and the baby is otherwise well and gaining weight, there is no concern.
Constipation is hard stool that is difficult to pass. If your baby’s stool is hard or if you are wondering if your baby is receiving enough milk, please consult with your healthcare provider.
Sometimes parents worry when their baby has a green colored stool. An occasional green stool can be normal, especially if the baby is gaining weight and seems content. Toronto-based pediatrician Jack Newman, along with lactation consultant Teresa Pitman, write that “If the baby is content and gaining well,” parents shouldn’t worry but rather “buy … sunglasses so [they] don’t see the color.” (Newman, Pitman. Guide to Breastfeeding. 2009.)
*You can learn more about what’s normal and when to worry in this video by pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene.