less constipation with breastfeeding?

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Registered: 07-12-2007
less constipation with breastfeeding?
Fri, 10-16-2009 - 12:37am

I was reading a book on toddlers, and one of the issues they bring up is constipation, which seems very common. Do you know if constipation occurs less frequently among nursing toddlers than cow's-milk-drinking toddlers?

I know that when my LO eats less solids and drinks more breastmilk, her stools become looser, like back to newborn days. Also, maybe cow's milk is contributing to constipation? Another theory I had was that maybe non-nursing toddlers eat more solids and don't drink enough liquids, thus causing constipation.

Just curious. It really just seems like human babies were meant to nurse until at least age two. (I haven't done my reading about nursing past that age, so maybe later when I do, I'd revise that statement to be a higher age!)

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Fri, 10-16-2009 - 8:40am

What you've said is absolutely true. Breastmilk is a natural laxative so constipation is far less common about breastfed toddlers.