Re: Milk Supply / PURPLE crying period / Night time sleeping
"The Purple Period"- that's a good one! I am but only in sympathy. Other names for the nighttime fussy period include "The Witching Hour(s)" and "Evenings-Only Colic". The fact that the evening fussy period has some widely recognized names points to how common it is. Most people think it has nothing to do with milk or milk supply or anything mom is doing or not doing- it's just developmental. It tends to start around 3 weeks, peak between 3 weeks and 3 months, and is usually gone by 3-6 months. This seems to be true even for premature babies who undergo this problem- for them, the fussies tend to strike at around 3 weeks from their due date, not their birth date. This suggests that the underlying cause really is developmental.
The easiest way to get through a fussy evening is to nurse, nurse, nurse. But if baby won't nurse- and neither of mine would-here are some useful suggestions for getting through a colicky evening:
- Calm house. Turn lights, tv, and stereo down or, preferably, off.
- White noise. Static on the radio, the sound of a vacuum cleaner going, etc.
- Motion. Rock in a rocking chair, swing, bounce on an exercise ball, stroller ride, etc.
- Closeness. Snuggle baby close in a sling.
- Trip outside.
- Warm bath.
Basically, you're trying to change baby's sensory input and distract her from her crankiness. My favorite techniques were the bath and the trip outside- they tended to stop the crying like magic. With my firstborn, we also did a nightly bottle of breastmilk. If you want to do a bottle, just make sure you pump while the bottle is being given so that your supply stays up.
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