Are You and Your Baby Struggling With Colic?
If so, we’re here to help.
Born Free is leading an ongoing initiative aimed at educating expectant and new moms about colic—a condition that often confuses and concerns parents. We have declared March as Colic Awareness Month and started this forum to provide caregivers with support and suggestions to help reduce colic symptoms. Our Born Free® Feeding System aids in reducing colic symptons.
To learn how colic affected them, a recent survey* asked 100 moms to describe how their baby’s colic (which averaged 4.7 weeks) made them feel. The results were more extreme than you might think:
Nearly 3/4 of the moms said that they felt as if they were failing as a parent when they were not able to make their baby feel better.
More than 1/3 of moms surveyed said that having a baby with colic greatly contributed to their post-partum depression.
More than 1/3 of those surveyed said that having a baby with colic made them doubt whether they wanted another baby.
Nearly one in five moms said that having a baby with colic nearly led to a divorce.
The consensus was that parents with colicky babies feel overwhelmed and stressed. Adding to that stress, there is so much unreliable information that it’s hard to know what to do to safely soothe your baby. Most moms in the survey reported trying at least seven different ways to soothe their colicky infant (with limited success), and some of them received a lot of well-meaning advice that didn’t help at all.
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Changing bottles Bottle changes can produce improvement in colic. In a recent survey, over 90% of Moms agree that Born Free® Bottles rank better in helping to reduce all colic symptoms compared to their current bottle system
Changing feeding technique Switching from nursing at both breasts at each feed to prolonged emptying of one breast cut colic in half in one study. Sucking on a pacifier or thumb between feeds can help whether a baby is breast or bottle fed. Frequent burping after feeding can also help.
Help You Can Use While no one can cure colic, there are some things you can do to help manage it. In addition to the five S’s (swaddling, side/stomach holding, shushing, swinging, and sucking), there are some new, innovative products that can help you sooth your baby. One of these is the Born Free® Feeding System with its ActiveFlow™ Venting Technology.
In a recent study, 100 moms with colicky babies switched from their current bottle system to Born Free for one week. Their experiences were pretty interesting:
100% of the moms reported that Born Free helped ease their baby's colic symptoms
100% of the moms said they would continue to use Born Free to feed their baby even after the study was over
More than 90% of participating moms rated Born Free as “excellent” or “good” for helping reduce some of baby’s colic symptoms
In fact, moms reported that Born Free rated significantly stronger for helping with all colic symptoms compared to their current bottle system. And they gave high marks to Born Free for functional bottle attributes, including ease of use, overall bottle quality, ease of holding bottle, ease of assembly, and ease of cleaning.
What Else Can You Try? There are a number of natural ways you can care for and soothe your colicky baby. And while taking care of baby, remember that it’s just as important to care for and soothe yourself.
*Survey conducted by an independent 3rd party research firm.
Moms of colicky babies agree, Born Free works best!
"My baby stops crying at night!"
"It reduced colic, gas and spit up in the baby. The baby sleeps more peacefully now."
"My baby took to the bottle right away-which was amazing! There wasn't any leakage; I noticed much less spit up, less fussing and less gas as well"
"I especially love the active flow design because it has stopped my baby's gas problems; thank goodness…she now sleeps soundly!!!"
"It has changed my life for the better!"