Pooping after every feeding is especially common in breastfeeding newborns, says Altmann. If a breastfed baby has a bowel movement after nearly every feeding during the first few weeks, it's actually a good sign — it means he's getting plenty of milk.
Bowel movements can slow down between 3 and 6 weeks, but Altmann says some babies will continue with their poop-after-every-feeding pattern. "Some 1-year-olds still poop five times a day," she says.
Formula-fed babies often have bowel movements less frequently than breastfed ones. But it's normal for them to poop after every feeding as well.
Generally, if your baby's bowel movements are fairly consistent and he's acting like his usual self, frequent poops aren't a cause for concern. However, if there's a sudden change in your baby's pooping pattern and his stool becomes more watery, check with his doctor. This could be a sign of infection.
Babies who have frequent bowel movements can be more prone to diaper rash. You may want to coat his bottom with a barrier cream as a precaution, says Altmann. If that area isn't red, petroleum jelly is okay, but if there's redness, use a diaper cream with zinc oxide.