Breastfed Babies Not Pooping

My daughter is exclusively breastfed but she doesn't poop for many days at a time. The last couple of times she has pooped has been every 5-6 days. She pooped today but the last time she pooped before was Friday night. We (my mom and I) try everything to help relieve her (baths, massages, Vaseline near the rectum, my mom has given her Anise tea) I had taken her to the ER last Friday and I mentioned to the Doctor that she wasn't pooping; the doctor informed me that when it comes to breastfed babies, their bodies absorbs all the milk and barely leaves any waste. But the Doctor also expressed to me it's a little weird that my daughter is pooping every five days and gave her a suppository. My mother constantly gets on me when my daughter doesn't go. She blames me if the baby goes past 2 days and demands I do something (she wants me to either switch to formula, get suppositories, or test my baby's stomach to make sure there is no blockage). I've read online parenting forums (my mom hates when I research anything regarding parenting online as well) and my mothers have said their children have gone through the same thing. I remember one woman saying her child kept pooping every 13 days and her child is fine. What should I do? Is my mother correct in worrying? Should I take her to the Doctor? Or is this all normal?

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    08/14/14
    My sister has had two exclusively breastfed babies that didn't poop more than once a week.
    Does she act like she is in pain? Arching her back, crying for no reason, pulling her legs up to her stomach?
    I have heard many, many times that it's normal for breastfed babies not to poop every day. You could try drinking apple juice, there would be some go through your milk for her and if it is a plugged up problem, then that will unplug her. One of mine I had to drink a little juice everyday to keep her system regular, but she still only pooped every other day.
    I think your baby might just be taking in all the calories and not needing to expel much.
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      08/14/14
      Hi Melissa, your daughter is totally normal for a breastfed baby, the milk is absorbed and some breastfed babies only have bowel movements every week or two. In these children, as long as the bowel movement is watery or soft when they finally have it, then they are likely normal and not constipated. Has your daughter seem fussy?
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        08/14/14
        8Theresa Gould
        If she is exclusively breastfed she is not constipated. Breastfed babies do not get constipated. As they mature it is quite normal for some breastfed babies to go days without having a bowel movement but when they do it is usually fills the diaper. It is also normal for them to use everything they eat as they use breast milk more efficiently for their energy needs: growing, moving around, etc. So I agree with what has been said so far but do not think your baby needed a suppository. If she is healthy, happy, gaining weight and not showing any signs of distress or "off" behavior, I think she is fine. But mention your concerns to your doctor. The thing with your mother is her doubts are filling your head and ears that you are doubting yourself and your baby. Listen to your gut, your mothering instincts.
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          08/14/14
          Thank you all for answering. You all have answered my question and I'm not going to worry...as for as dealing with my fretting mother, I will just buy her a relaxing candle.
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