Check out your baby's stool. If it's hard and round, like pebbles, she's constipated. Otherwise, it's a normal stool that just takes a little extra work.
Newborns spend their time doing two things: growing and digesting! If we think of digestion as the "work" of a baby, then it makes sense that producing a stool can sometimes be difficult. The important thing is not how the baby poops but what the stool looks like!
A constipated stool is firm, like little balls. Even if the infant squirms and turns rosy when working to poop, if the result is a soft or even liquid stool then constipation is not the issue. Nevertheless, we want our little ones to be as comfortable as possible, so a gentle tummy massage, gently bicycling the legs, and gentle bouncing can sometimes help the passage of the gas that might accompany or precede a stool.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, December 2018