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Infant Colic, Latch & Tongue Issues

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Green Bay Country Club, Inc.

2400 Klondike Road

Green Bay, WI 54311

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Colic is one of the mysteries of nature. Nobody knows what it really is, but everyone has an opinion.

An improper latch is the quickest and easiest problem causing colic to resolve. In fact, babies whose colic is caused by this problem often transform into normal happy babies on the same day the latch problems are fixed.

If the baby is still latching painfully and difficultly after the mother has tried everything to fix the latch, the baby may have a malformation in his mouth, such as a tied tongue.

About one-fifth of all babies get the full colic syndrome, of whom only a small minority (5-10%) have any identifiable physical cause. It's a serious problem because half of those mothers with severely colicky babies are liable to become mentally ill, falling to one-quarter if the baby is only moderately colicky (compared with 3% of mothers with none).

Both poor attachment and breast switching result in the baby taking frequent, large-volume, low-fat feeds, which in turn lead to rapid emptying of the stomach into the large intestine. If too much gets there too fast, there is not enough of the enzyme lactase to break the sugar in the milk (lactose) down. The gut turns into a malfunctioning brewery, with fermentation of the sugar in the excess milk creating gas and explosive poos. The crying, arched back, rigid tummy and irritability of colic follow.

What can we do to help our Babies and our Breasts?

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