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Hi all!!<br><br>
I am writing this post in the hopes of saving some future and perhaps present nursing relationships due to the misconception of breastmilk allergies when a baby begins displaying colicky symptoms in those early months of breastfeeding. More often than not, I have found that many times the baby's colicky symptoms are in direct correlation to the mother having an overactive letdown. However, for many mothers this information comes too late and after the mother has already weaned to formula being misled to believe that her baby was allergic to her milk.<br><br>
First off, be confident in the fact that no baby can be allergic to their mother's breastmilk. This is unfortunately a myth that some people and physicians still believe to be true, which has hindered the successful outcome of many a nursing couple.<br><br>
Over the past year, I have spoken with too many women who have given up breastfeeding because their babies' colic symptoms were attributed to their breastmilk. The assumption was that the baby was having a reaction to their breastmilk since the baby was "fine" after formula was introduced. In all reality, when questioning these women further, they all had an oversupply (or OAL - overactive letdown) which caused a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. This imbalance then caused colicky symptoms in the baby. One very simple and effective remedy of this problem is feeding from one breast per feeding every 2-3 feedings instead of switching breasts every single feeding. Had these women tried this (or any of a number of remedies) their nursing relationships may have been restored and their babies' little tummies would have felt much better, thus in turn correcting the colicky symptoms the baby was experiencing.<br><br>
I have several links that were very helpful in diagnosing my little girl's colicky symptoms as the result of my overactive letdown. Unfortunately I didn't realize that this was our problem all along until AFTER my daughter outgrew her colicky symptoms and was better able to control my flow of breastmilk. Had I known to try a few simple steps in the very beginning, we would have been spared some very long, sad, crying, painful nights for my baby and her little tummy. I'm happy to say that we made it through those first three months just fine (because I had a "Come hell or high water" attitude about nursing my little girl) BUT I sure wish someone had told me about OAL and what to do if you experience it so that things could have been easier for us those first three months. That's what I'm hoping to do for some or any of you (or someone you know perhaps). It truly saddens me when a nursing relationship ends to the dismay of the mother and baby based on misleading information. Hopefully this post will be helpful to the women out there in the same situation I was in, only they will be armed with the information I wish I would have had at the time this was going on.<br><br>
Ultimately, remember that as your baby grows with each passing day their sucking skills will become more effective in getting the milk out. They will learn how to control the flow of your milk and these colicky symptoms will subside as time goes on. If you do suffer from OAL, following the suggestions given in these links will help you through those first few months when baby is learning to control your flow!! Of course there are some medical conditions that can also be the cause of colic symptoms, such as, gastroesophageal reflux, etc. So please rule out these conditions as well!!<br><br>
Good Luck!! Please feel free to PM me with any other questions!!<br><br>
**HERE ARE THE LINKS**<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html#links" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fa...own.html#links</a><br><br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVSepOct95p71.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...pOct95p71.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/toomuchmilk.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/toomuchmilk.html</a><br><br><a href="http://www.bflrc.com/newman/breastfeeding/brestfed%20baby%20colic.htm" target="_blank">http://www.bflrc.com/newman/breastfe...by%20colic.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.bflrc.com/newman/overheads/Colic%20and%20Colicky%20Babies.htm" target="_blank">http://www.bflrc.com/newman/overhead...y%20Babies.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVSepOct95p69a.html" target="_blank">http://www.lalecheleague.org/llleade...Oct95p69a.html</a><br><br>
Edited to fix links that were not working!!<br><br>
~~KESHA~~
 

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Thank you for posting this! But, none of the links are working...<br>
An LC 'disagnosed' me with OAL and oversupply, my baby has been colic. But at a monthshe also started teething. :-/ Her teeth have since receeded rather then breaking through, but the colic is still there. And I watch my diet. I'd be happy to browse these links if I could get to them.
 

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Okay Babs, I fixed the links!! Thanks for letting me know they weren't working!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I tend to agree with you....BUT if the mother's intuition is telling her that something in her diet may be causing the symptoms she should listen. (not the same as being allergic to the mothers milk itself, but the 2 are often confused or used interchangably). I had overactive letdown, but my ds also WAS allergic to something I was eating. I ran into lots of people who said what I ate wouldn't affect him, he couldn't be allergic to my milk (the opposite of the problem you describe). Turns out he is allergic to corn, and when I stopped eating corn products his symptoms drastically improved. Of course I still had letdown issues, but resolved those by nursing on the same side for several feedings.<br><br>
I just wanted to share my experiences because I had the opposite experience from what you describe. Advising women too strongly in any one direction can interfere with the nursing relationship. That said, I agree that the myths that people (especially physicians) still believe can be so damaging.
 
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