If a baby has not had a bowel movement for five days, a physician needs to be consulted. WebMD advises that if a newborn has not had a bowel movement since the delivery day, a mother can try a new brand of formula or add prune juice to milk.Continue Reading
WebMD points out that breast milk is so high in nutrients that most of it is absorbed by a baby's body, leaving very little left for a bowel movement. Newborns often go as long as a week without having a bowel movement, which is completely normal. Mothers need only be concerned if the stools are unusually hard, bloody or dark colored. If the baby looks uncomfortable or in pain during a bowel movement, or if the baby's abdomen is swollen, then there needs to be some intervention.
Baby Center states that as long as a baby is feeding, the occasional lack of any bowel movements in a day is usually not an issue. A newborn's stools are usually dark green. This is due to a substance that accumulates in the baby's intestines while in utero. The stools lighten to a yellow color after breastfeeding. However, stools do vary in color and consistency depending on what the mother is eating or the type of formula the baby is fed.Learn more about Babies & Toddlers