Being a new mom is like being on a huge roller coaster. You’re elated, madly in love and in a blissful haze every time you look at your baby. But it can also be nerve wracking… and that’s if everything is going smoothly! When I was a new mom, I relied a lot on my pediatrician for advice so naturally, when my daughter started crying uncontrollably for long periods at a time, I called my doctor. Eventually I learned she had colic. As any mom with a colicky baby can attest, coping with colic can be daunting, a not soon forgotten experience. That’s why I was excited when Colief Infant Drops asked me to share my colic story for Colic Awareness Month this March and work with them on the Colief Colic Council. I’m excited to help bring other moms some colic clarity.
Here’s my colic story:
I had just weaned my daughter (loved breastfeeding, but I just could NOT keep up with her demand and I was starting to go crazy) and at the time, we were on WIC because we were relying solely on my husband’s income and the economy was rough. The formula they gave us was your basic, run of the mill everyday formula. It kept her full but I soon noticed a change in my daughter. On a nightly basis, she would cry her little eyes out, for hours while I cried along with her, not knowing what was wrong with my baby. Upon the recommendation of the WIC Nurse, I asked my pediatrician for a prescription to be given a different, lactose free formula, as we had nearly ruled out everything else. I was met with a stern look, and simply told “well, that’s what happens when you wean too early, you need to breastfeed.” The pediatrician was also the head lactation consultant and did not even try to hide her distaste for my need to wean, despite how often I told her I just couldn’t do it. She refused to give me the prescription.
Already feeling like a failure because my supply couldn’t keep up, add in the fact that I couldn’t figure out how to calm my baby down, I felt like the worst mother in the world. My husband helped as much as he could, but at the time, he was working 12-14 hour days to support our new family of 3. I just didn’t know what to do, all I knew, was I had to keep trying.
I called the office again a week later and asked for a same day appointment. This time, our pediatrician was on vacation, so I got to see the doctor on duty. He was sympathetic and told me while it sounded like colic, he was hesitant to diagnose it as colic since all babies have tummy troubles. But- he also gave me the prescription I needed for WIC. I could not run fast enough to that office to get the new formula! They switched my girl to a lactose-free formula and it eventually helped to reduce her crying. What I didn’t know then was that my baby may have had Transient Lactase Deficiency (TLD), a temporary lactose intolerance in infants that is the cause of colic in about 40% of babies with the condition.
For babies with TLD, research suggests, adding a lactase enzyme to either their breast milk or milk-based formula – before they are fed- can help the baby to digest the lactose in the milk, reducing colic-related crying. Colief Infant Drops is the only infant product available in the U.S. with lactase enzyme as a key ingredient and is clinically proven to reduce colic-related crying time by 45% when caused by TLD. If I had Colief when my daughter had colic, I could have added it to her regular milk-based formula before feeding, and if her tummy troubles and tears were the caused by TLD, it would have helped her digest the lactose…and reduce her crying.
Colief was not around when my daughter had colic, but I’m happy to share it with new moms currently going through it. There is so much more I know now, as opposed to when I first started this parenting gig. I’m a big believer in doing whatever is right for you and your child, and if my story resonates with you…give Colief a try. Maybe we can stop the nightly tears together this Colic Awareness Month.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as a Colief Colic Council Member and Blogger. As always, all opinions, ideas, and stories stated here are clearly my own.