A lot of mothers must have experienced their babies crying for an extended period of time. Babies cry due to multiple reasons like discomfort, irritation, indigestion, gas, pain etc. Since they cannot express themselves through words, the only language they can communicate is by crying out loud and letting their mommy know.
It breaks a mother’s heart when she sees her baby crying. It gets even worse when she cannot do anything to soothe the baby! These extended periods of endless crying are known as ‘Colic’ and believe it or not, it is every parent’s nightmare! Since parents usually have a hard time dealing with their colicky babies, they try very hard to find a solution to this situation as soon as possible.
Have you ever wondered what causes colic in babies?
Even after years of research and analysis, doctors are still unable to conclude what exactly causes these sudden long crying outbursts in babies. However, they did come up with possible reasons why a baby gets colicky. Some of these are as follows-
- The intestinal gas which is developed from swallowing too much air while crying.
- Incorrect breastfeeding posture
- Not burping after feeding
Why is breast milk tummy-friendly?
Breast milk is a unique combination of proteins, fats and vitamins that are perfect for your little one. As your baby grows, breast milk also changes to suit the nutritional requirements. Apart from several long-term and short-term benefits, breast milk is also easily digestible by babies. This is because breast milk has more whey compared to casein protein and hence is gentler on the tummy and helps in gastric emptying. This is the reason most breastfed babies have fewer digestion problems when compared to babies who are not breastfed.
How does breastfeeding help in reducing colic in babies?
Breastfeeding is a blessing for the baby and apart from nutrition, it has numerous other ways to benefit your baby, especially if colic is one of the problems. As you know by now that colic is caused due to an irritation in the baby’s body and the only way to soothe them is by breastfeeding.
When your baby feels gassy, she probably cries out of discomfort. Try breastfeeding your baby as this may help soothe your baby. Colostrum (baby’s first milk) contains a natural laxative which helps soothe the gas and makes the digestion process easier (Reference - Research Gate). Moreover, your breast milk is not very hard on the stomach, so it will be easy for your baby to digest it.
When your baby latches herself onto your nipple, ensure that the baby latches on properly. If a perfect latch isn’t established, it can make your baby swallow a lot of air along with milk and it will further lead to discomfort.
Don’t forget to burp your baby once they’re done feeding as it helps in releasing the trapped air. It immediately soothes the colicky baby and provides relief!
Happy breastfeeding, mommy!
Note- This blog has been reviewed by Tinystep Medical Advisory Board
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