Newborn babies should urinate several times a day. Stooling patterns vary widely. A formula fed infant may stool one to three times per day. These stools have some form to them. A breastfed infant may stool after each feed. Breastfed babies’ stools are often mistaken for diarrhea because they are very liquid and usually yellow and seedy. Straining is common and is not a sign of constipation. Hard stool or pellets are signs of constipation. Do not give your baby an enema unless instructed to do so by a nurse or doctor.
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