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 was believed that cow's milk would cause gut irritation during the first few weeks of a baby's life, and that a mother should avoid eating anything containing: Lactoglobulin, casein, lactalbumin, sodium casienate and whey. BUT resent research suggests that the introduction of
"culprit allergy foods" into your baby's diet in small amounts from
the age of 4 months can prevent allergic reactions later on. A mother is now
encouraged to eat these foods during pregnancy and breastfeeding, unless she
herself is allergic to a specific food. Some culprit foods include dairy
products, nuts, fish, eggs, wheat, soy and citrus fruits. Reference for this
new information: Allergies - Where are we now? & Early consumption of
peanuts in infancy is associated with a low prevalence of peanut allergy.
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.