Colic occurs in about 30% of all babies and is most common during the first 3 months of a baby’s life.
Many people think that only formula fed babies experience colic, but this is not true, breastfed babies can become colic too.
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 problems.
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 mother removes the specific colic causing foods, the colic may subside.
The most common food allergen is cow's milk, which, if given to your baby before the digestive tract has matured, may cause some gut irritation. During the first few weeks of a baby's life (if Baby is showing colic symptoms), a mother 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. Read more about breastfeeding and food allergies.
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 whilst breastfeeding. The overactive let down
can cause a baby to swallow air, which results in
tummy cramps. Mothers that have an overactive let down, can lie
down whilst 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.
Baby massage used for colic relief, is one of the best methods used to relieve the pain.
Baby colic usually stops at about
three months of age. Perseverance will be worth it in the end, when your baby is colic free, and you are still breastfeeding. A colicky breastfeeding newborn may put extra strain on Mom and Dad's relationship with each other.