Re: Screaming At the Breast And Not Latching Well... HELP!!
Meg called me a guru!
Originally Posted by @llli*lllmeg
Okay, if I'm a guru it's only because both my darling daughters were colicky in the evenings. Fun times. They would both start screaming like clockwork, and scream for several hours. My older daughter would start at 6-7 pm and go until 9-10 pm. My younger one would start at 7-8 pm and go until 11 pm-1 am. It was honestly that predictable.
During the colicky evenings, the babies wouldn't nurse, or if they did they would latch for a couple of seconds and then pull off and scream even harder than before. My personal feeling about fussy evenings/evenings-only colic is that it's entirely developmental, because there's usually a well-defined interval during which it occurs, usually between 3 weeks and 3 months (though some babies have it longer and many have it for less time).
In my experience, coping with fussing/colic is all about changing the baby's sensory input. You're trying to find that one stimulus that the baby finds calming. Some things to try:
- Calm house- lights, TV, and stereo turned down or turned off
- White noise- vacuum cleaner noise, radio static, dryer noise, etc.
- Motion- rock in a rocker, sway with baby in your arms, bounce on an exercise ball, swing in a swing, stroller or car ride
- Fresh air- take baby outside
- Warm bath- no soap needed, just wash baby in the sink
- Closeness- snuggle baby close to you in a sling
Don't stress too much about the baby waking the toddler. This is a short period in your family's life, and toddlers often become used to infant cries and learn to tune them out.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"