Whether your baby breast feeds or formula feeds, you can expect up to three months of tummy troubles with gas and straining. You wouldn’t expect your newborn to pick up a pencil and write his name any more than you should expect his digestion to progress flawlessly. Breast-feeding mothers should modify their diets according to the pediatrician’s recommendations. If mothers avoided all the foods that supposedly make babies “fussy,” there would be nothing left to eat! Likewise, consult your pediatrician before changing formulas.
Once feeding is established, a healthy baby can have a bowel movement anywhere from twelve times a day to once a week. As long as your baby’s stool is not hard, little balls, he’s not constipated.