Calming Baby, will help make the breastfeeding process as smooth as possible. Some babies cry more than others, but they all do cry.
Understanding why babies cry can help you get through this stage
- Try to avoid foods that may cause gas in your baby, such as dairy products, caffeine, cabbage, broccoli and other vegetables, that usually give you gas. This is a big help for a colicky baby.
- Breastfeeding with a nursing necklace, may calm Baby and keep him/her from being distracted.
- Read more about colic while breastfeeding.
- Find a comfortable breastfeeding position, also get yourself some comfortable breastfeeding tops for easy access.
- Talk, hum or sing softly to calm Baby. Cuddle, stroke and touch him/her gently.
- Calming Baby, may be as simple as holding him/her in a more upright position during breastfeeding and directly afterwards; this will prevent winds.
- Experiment with how often and when you burp your baby. Burping your baby can reduce the pain caused from swallowing too much air during breastfeeding; this will reduce crying.
- Offer meals in a quiet environment. Keep activities before bedtime or breastfeeding, to things that will not overstimulate too much.
- A mother can consume calming herbs, which will intern calm her baby if he/she is breastfeeding.
- Give your baby a warm bath, before a breastfeeding session.
- Massage your baby’s tummy, or give him/her a full massage. Baby massage has been proven to calm babies with colic.
- Swaddle your baby in a warm blanket.
- Walk with Baby in a quiet, dark room while you hum or sing.
- Keep your baby away from highly stimulating situations during the day when possible, to prevent sensory overload.
- A fussy baby will usually calm down when you play some soothing music or turn on some white noise, such as a vacuum cleaner or running water.
- Babies can sense any anxiety within their mothers, so try to be cool, calm and collected.
- Sometimes when a mother has a very forceful let down or under active letdown, it can cause her baby to fuss a lot and even choke during breastfeeding.
Many moms feel that they want to give up on breastfeeding, due to the many different difficulties they might be experiencing during breastfeeding, but can I please encourage you to read our page on the benefits of breastfeeding, not just for your baby, but for your sake too.
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