Breastfeeding and Colic

Heather - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Unfortunately, we think our almost 8 week year old has colic. The diagnosis has only been made b/c she has been crying a ton for a prolonged period of time for no good reason..the pedi is calling it colic b/c she looks perfect on exam. It is very heart-wrenching. I have read my diet could be a contributing factor but I have also read, not necessarily. I am going to cut out dairy and caffeine and see if it helps. I would be interested in hearing colic remedies from anybody on this board that has the same experience. I, of course, have read a ton on the internet already. Thanks.

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I am going to buck the trend and say that colic is often mis-diagnosed (well, it's not a real diagnoses actually). I personally believe that almost all so-called colic is caused by one of 3 things...
1. Reflux (GERD). This doesn't always mean baby is spitting up. He may have silent reflux.
2. Food intolerance/allergy. This can also be marked by diarrhea, blood in the stool or rashes.
3. Chiropractic problems. There little bodies have been through a lot, an adjustment may be in order.

Dana - posted on 06/28/2009

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With my son it was the same thing crying for no good reason. He would cry at the exact same time every evening for 2 to 3 hrs. He didn't have gas or any other sign of discomfort. We did give him gripe water sometimes that seemed to help. What really saved us was the clothes dryer. We would swaddle him and lay him on top. The vibration would calm him down and he would fall asleep quickly. My husband and I spent many nights on a love seat in front of the dryer, while we ate dinner and talked the day over. I hope this helps, good luck. It will go away!

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Dana - posted on 06/30/2009

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If your child has colic one of the last things you want to do is nurse at that time. When my son had colic eating only made it worse. One of the best things you can do, if the colic time is consistant, is feed as much as you can prior to the fussy period. That way hunger might hold until the period is over. I'm not an expert on the subject but I experienced a few months of it and read as much as possible.

Sarah - posted on 06/28/2009

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I agree with everything written above, especially the belly time. My son had colic and it was really upsetting for all. The best thing I found was laying him on his belly to sleep. I know that nurses etc don't recommend this because of sids, but I just kept an eye on him and put him somewhere he wouldn't roll off. I only did this during the day too. I wrapped him to sleep on his back at night. Another thing I did was to gently rub his belly in circles while he was in the bath. The warm water and the rubbing always produced gas! The doctor suggested Infacol and Marina (and I tried Brauer Colic Relief) but I'm pretty sure none of these did much. Above all, time was the cure. After about 8 weeks his colic subsided, thankgoodness! Best of luck!

Tammy - posted on 06/27/2009

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taking sugar out of your diet may help too. my baby didn't have colic, but was noticeably more fussy and gassy when i ate sweets or processed food. i lived off of chef salads (just a little cheese) for the first 5 months of breastfeeding. good luck, i hope this stage passes fast for you both!

Whitney - posted on 06/27/2009

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I had the same thing with my baby boy. A friend of mine talked with a lady she knew who has 9 kids and knew few things about colic. The advice she told me was foods like corn and tomatoes can have effects on baby's stomach too, not just dairy or garlic or things like that. Also, she gave me some pure lavendar extract to use in his bath and in his laundry. Lavendar is a calming scent. A warm rice bag (or any warm pack) on baby's tummy will help, as well as holding baby skin-to-skin. (Dad can help with this too!) Hope everything goes better soon!

Alissa - posted on 06/26/2009

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One possibility is that your baby may not be getting enough of the high fat "hind" milk that comes later in the feeding. This can lead to an upset stomach. Make sure you finish off the first side before offering the other. Don't take the baby off the breast, let her come off on her own. Also, make sure you are carefully paying attention to your baby's cues of when she is hungry. Don't wait too long to feed her.

Chelseaszidik - posted on 06/26/2009

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I have had no personal experience with colic. I do have some experience with cutting foods from my diet that were causing extended crying in my infant. I found that it was beans that did it for my daughter. I experimented just as it seems you are doing. I would suggest cutting one food at a time for 3 days in order to give time to see results if there will be any. If it's an allergy usually there will be a reaction in 20 minutes to 12 hours. However, it could be an intolerance or a sensitivity but these terms are sometimes blurred in the literature. Here are some great web sites:

This one has a womans story that seems identical to yours and a solution!

http://www.llli.org/NB/NBJanFeb07p4.html

Here is some info on lactose intolerance.

http://www.llli.org/ba/Nov98.html

Now here are some tips for colic. There is a colic tablet by Hylands and also an all natural tablet that is called calms forte. The calms forte was a god send for my infant when she was really worked up. I would also highly recommend wearing your infant often throughout the day. At leas 2 hours. An infant is much more content when they are worn. Skin to skin also is desirable and a combination of skin to skin and baby wearing during these crying spells may help a lot; if not with the potential pain at least with her psychological needs. Good luck!

Shelley - posted on 06/26/2009

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HI there! Colic sucks doesn't it? And not only because of the heart-wrenching cries, but because we don't know exactly what causes it and how to cure it with the snap of our fingers. So I thought I'd share a few things that have worked for me in the past. The number one colic cure for my kids has always been the "belly down". I cradle baby on her tummy across my forearm, supporting her head in the crook of my elbow. This is a fairly common hold. The second thing I do is the "train" My kids just like the sounds I make when I gently push their legs up alternatively (as in chugga-chugga) and then both legs at once (the toot toot part). I try to to this slowly and gently because that slight pressure on their abdomen can relieve gas pains, but it doesn't always work.



Now, the other thing actually came from my husband. At 6 weeks, our youngest daughter began a crying jag that would start at 7 at night and go until 10 and she was inconsolable. He figured out (when I was at my wits end) that she was tired. Plain and simple. Baby had gotten into the habit of getting sleepy while nursing. But at that point in the evening, she wasn't hungry, but she was tired. She wanted to go to sleep. So I would tuck her into my arms as if she were going to nurse, but then just rock her until she settled down. Then she'd go into her bed just fine.



Oh and just a note on the dairy. If it turns out that dairy is a culprit, make sure you read the ingredients on everything! I was surprised to see it listed on a bag of dill pickle chips, margarine, etc. And good luck!

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