By Jen Milligan
Mums often come to see us at The Nurtury saying that they have been to other health professionals who have said “It’s just colic; they’ll grow out of it”. The poor mum is then left to manage a very sad, tired and hurting baby whilst trying to manage her own sleep deprivation. There are many things you can do about colic. It is real; there is a cause, so let’s find the solution.
Colic is defined as:
SO WHAT DO WE DO?
Ingrid and I follow a simple checklist before we jump to anything more serious. This simple checklist has made a significant difference to so many mums and babies. See our blog on Reflux for further help beyond this list, or give us a call.
Colic is almost certainly a feeding issue…that causes a sleeping issue…that affects the feeding issue (in cases of reflux, it could be a food intolerance or may be a more serious illness).
Lactose overload does NOT mean your baby is lactose intolerant (that’s a cow’s milk issue); it just means an excess of foremilk in their little tummy.
If your baby has lactose overload, they:
Remember - not all sucking means hunger; it can be a way of your baby saying “I need comfort”.
Jen Milligan is a midwife and co-founder of The Nurtury with Ingrid Clark.
Jen is a midwife with almost 20 years experience in a Sydney birthing unit. She now lives & works on the Central Coast, supporting new mothers as they transition into motherhood.
Ingrid is a birth & postpartum doula, living and working on the beautiful NSW Central Coast.