You may be surprised at the number of diapers your newborn goes
through every day. Normally, newborns who are breast-fed have 5 to 10 bowel
movements a day but may have as few as 1 or 2. Bottle-fed babies typically have
1 or 2 fewer bowel movements a day than breast-fed babies. Your newborn's bowel
movements usually will change from black to green in the first few days, and
then to yellow or yellowish brown by the end of the first week. Breast-fed
babies generally have more yellowish bowel movements than bottle-fed
The number of diapers a newborn wets is sometimes difficult to
determine because disposable diapers are so effective at wicking moisture. In
general, however, during the first week your newborn normally has at least 2 or
3 wet diapers a day. After that, your baby will have at least 6 to 8 wet
diapers a day.
By monitoring your baby's diaper habits, you can get a sense of
whether he or she is getting enough breast milk or formula. If your baby is not
getting enough milk, he or she may act fussy and hungry, fail to produce tears
when crying, and have a dry mouth with little or no saliva. Call your health
professional if your baby does not regularly produce wet or dirty diapers and
shows other signs of
dehydration, such as strong-smelling urine that is a
dark yellow color.
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