All babies cry. But when an otherwise healthy baby suffers from extreme fussiness, often defined as crying for more than 3 hours per day, more than 3 days per week for at least 3 weeks, they may have a condition called colic.
Nursing is usually a powerfully bonding experience that calms and satisfies the baby. Sometimes, though, I hear from parents that their baby screams at the breast, which can feel so disheartening.
All babies cry. They eat, sleep, pee, poop, and cry. But knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to listen to your own child upset.
From the time I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to breastfeed. It was probably due to a combination of reasons – but mostly because I had done a decent amount of research on breastfeeding for work, and I know a couple of great moms (who also happen to be Lactation Consultants) who had shared their passion for breastfeeding with me and who have very compelling stories.
10 tips to reduce colic.
Dr. Greene is a practicing pediatrician, author, speaker, children’s health advocate, and father of four.
Dr. Alanna Levine is a New York based pediatrician and a mom of two children.
Most colic solutions help in about one third of babies, but it’s hard to predict which babies will benefit. Combining remedies is often the most helpful.
- Dr. Greene