How to Keep Your Sanity
It comes as no surprise that 45 percent of moms who visit the Colic Clinic are dealing with some level of postpartum depression. if you're feeling overwhelmed, try these feel-better strategies:
Call for Reinforcements
Family and friends will want to help, so don't be afraid to ask. If someone can relieve you for even just an hour a day, that breather will decrease your stress.
Go to our community boards and commiserate with other moms. Just knowing there are other women who have -- or have survived -- colicky babies can help.
See a Doctor
Talk to your ob-gyn or ask your baby's pediatrician for a referral to a therapist. Moms suffering from postpartum depression may benefit from a prescription antidepressant, and many are safe to take while breastfeeding.
Arming yourself with information can give you peace of mind. Try: Why Is My Baby Crying? by Barry Lester, Ph.D.; Colic Solved: The Essential Guide to Infant Reflux and the Care of Your Crying, Difficult-to-Soothe Baby by Bryan Vartabedian, M.D.; or The Fussy Baby Book: Parenting Your High-Need Child from Birth to Age Five, by Babytalk contributing editor William Sears, M.D.
Probiotics: Miracle Cure?
New research found that colicky babies reduced their crying to about 35 minutes a day after taking probiotic drops containing Lactobacillus for three weeks. Researchers think the live bacteria ease intestinal problems that upset babies.