Newborns have to adapt to life outside of the womb. For the first time, their body and digestion have to work independently.
Babies may suffer cramps during this adjustment period. This is not a cause for concern. These cramps tend to be short-lived.
As soon as your baby’s body has adjusted, the cramps should go away.
Constipation or diarrhoea
The bowel movements of breastfed babies vary greatly. Some babies have a bowel movement after each feeding, while others have only one bowel movement every 3 or 5 days.
It is normal for this stool to be quite runny, and it may be yellow-orange in colour.
If, despite the advice offered, you think your baby is suffering from abnormal cramps, diarrhoea or constipation, ask your midwife or a paediatrician for additional recommendations.