Many people think that only formula fed babies experience colic, but this is not true, breastfed babies can become colic too.
Breastfeeding and colic
~ Interesting fact ~
Colic occurs in about 30% of all babies and is most common during the first 3 months of a baby’s life.
What Causes Colic?
Remember, not all babies are the same. A mother should try some of the following, as to eliminate her baby’s specific colic and breastfeeding
- Allow your baby time to drain one breast, before offering
the other one. Breast milk closer to the end of a feed, “hind milk” is much
more substantial and contains more fats than the “fore milk”.
If your baby is
drinking only the “foremilk”, it can cause him/her to become uncomfortable. A baby who drinks too much foremilk, will start to spit up more, have more gas, have runny stools and
may cry a lot also.
- Acid reflux may sometimes be confused with colic. If your baby is spitting up a lot, it could be a sign of reflux.
- It is rare, but colic may be caused by something in your diet. As soon as a mom removes the specific colic causing foods, the colic may subside.
- The most common food allergen is cow's milk, which, if given to Baby before the digestive tract has matured, may cause some gut irritation.
During the first few weeks of Baby's life (if Baby is showing colic symptoms), Mom should avoid eating
anything containing: Lactoglobulin, casein, lactalbumin,
sodium casienate and whey. Things that may also contain these milk
products are; cakes, cookies,
chocolate, butter, cheese and sausage.
overactive let down
can cause colic. This is when a mother's milk sprays into her baby’s mouth too quickly, and her baby chokes while breastfeeding. The overactive let down
can cause a baby to swallow air, which results in
Moms that have an overactive let down, can lie
down while breastfeeding. This is done, so that the excess milk runs down the side
of a baby’s mouth. Expressing some milk before breastfeeding, can also help
decrease the force of the letdown.