Constipation or small bowel movement?

Very often people who experience a small bowel movement are also suffering from constipation, yet this is not a thumb rule as the stool can be soft and pass easily through the rectum. By small bowel movement we usually understand a waste quantity that is less than thin. The stool can be hard and dry or very soft; for both cases an inability to pass the fecal matter can be identified.

Natural small bowel movement

A person would normally have a small bowel movement when eating very little, and under such circumstances we cannot speak about constipation. The only case when a small bowel movement causes trouble is when the difference between what one eats and the waste he or she eliminates is disproportionate. A small stool can also be accompanied by other symptoms such as bloating and a certain discomfort in the abdominal area.

Small bowel movement in breastfed babies

It is normal that breastfed babies should have very small stools. The scientific explanation for this specificity is the high-assimilation properties specific to breast milk. The nutrients in the mother's milk are so easy to process that there is little or no waste to be eliminated as a stool. When the child will start eating solid food as well, the size and the frequency of the bowel movement will drastically change.