My breastfed baby only has one bowel movement every week! Could he be constipated? Does he need more water?
The Pediatrician Answers:
Constipation is defined as firm stools; this almost never occurs in a breastfed infant who is being exclusively breastfed. Breastfed infants will often have firmer bowel movements after the introduction of solid foods into the diet.
Extra water is not needed in the breastfed infant. Studies done on infants living in very warm climates show that breastfed infants who feed frequently and are growing well get plenty of fluid from the breastmilk and do not require extra water.