I’ve birthed a couple of fussy babies. In fact, the running joke in our family is that if our third baby had been our first… she’d be our only! Nah, it wasn’t that bad, but we did have our moments hours days!
I’m not quite sure what even qualifies a colicky baby, but I’ve heard a few horror stories of non-stop crying for hours on end, with virtually no way to calm baby or mom. Tummy troubles? Over stimulation? All of the above and more? I don’t know. I’m no expert.
When our babies get fussy, we’re able to bring back the calm by either carrying the infant belly down in the “football hold,” or I nurse them. Even though it is quite time consuming, my guaranteed “go-to” for fussin’ is breastfeeding. In fact, I’m not quite sure how I would calm a colicky baby without the ability to sooth him in that way!
Our third baby was a “poop once every 5 days” girl, even when she was exclusively breastfed! By day 3 and 4, she’d be pretty uncomfortable. The best way for me to get her calmed down enough to relax and poop was to put her to the breast. She didn’t necessarily need to eat, but it was calming for her.
I (obviously) don’t have all the answers, and coping with colic is a stressful proposition for new parents and parents-to-be. This is where you come in. If you have questions about colic, please ask, and I’m certain my readers can help. Experienced moms, how do you cope with colic?