The Relationship Between Breastfeeding and
Colic

When a newborn baby comes out of the womb, doctors encourage mothers to
breastfeed the infant. This is because the milk that comes out has
nutrients in the right concentrations. It also has antibodies, which
becomes the first line of defense against harmful bacteria and viruses.

Studies show that a mother can continue to breastfeed the child until
it reaches 4 years of age. But because the teeth have already been
developed, many decide to use a pump or change this for artificial
milk.

One of the first challenges parents will face in the first six months
is a condition where the baby becomes colic. This is when the infant
will cry for no reason at all that will take months to subside.

Some doctors believe that the reason why a baby will behave in this
manner is due to the milk that is fed from the mother’s
breast.

There are two theories that explain this. The first is because babies
who suck milk also take in a certain amount of air. Mother’s
are encourage to let the infant burp before going to sleep so he or she
won’t wake up later on.

The second is from the types of food that the mother eats. Gaseous
foods, which are digested, are passed on to the infant in the form of
milk causing the colic to happen.

Until now, there is insufficient proof to prove there is a relationship
between breastfeeding and colic. Believe it or not, this happens more
often to bottle-fed rather than breast fed infants. This means the
mother should just watch out the food being eaten so this condition
does not happen.

Those who are unable to do it can ask help from a dietitian so certain
dishes can be substituted for something else.

Watching the food and making sure the infant burps are just two ways to
handle a colic baby. The mother can also carry the child onto the
shoulders or in a swaying motion. Some even sing a lullaby 
making the infant go back to sleep.

The parents can also put a CD player near the crib that will play
nursery rhymes. This will serve as background so the baby will not wake
up from the sounds coming from outside the room or the house.

During the daytime, a colic baby can also be remedied with a warm bath
or a massage. This is because adults who are stressed sometimes use
this to release the tension in the muscles, which makes this also work
for the child.

If the infant has grown some teeth already, perhaps giving a pacifier
can help. Some babies’ cry when he or she is not sucking onto
something and this device can work as a substitute for the
mother’s breast.  

There is nothing wrong if the doctor classifies the baby as a colic. In
fact, this is a blessing in disguise because this means that the little
boy or girl is normal. The excessive crying or shouting are ways for
the infant to ask for attention  that will serve as a wake up
call for first time parents.

The parents should just persevere through this phase. After all, colic
babies are hereditary which means the same thing happened to the mother
and father many years ago.

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