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Coping with Colicky Babies

Experience of Revati Mazumdar

A supportive mate can make a big difference. But what happens when your mate can’t or won’t help out? Revati Mazumdar found herself in that situation when her first child, Amrita, developed colic at two weeks. 

”I had always wanted our baby, but from the beginning my husband was ambivalent about it,” explains Revati. “When the crying started, he just withdrew. Although he was supportive in many other ways, in terms of dealing with the constant crying, he was just not there. I was afraid to pressure him because I didn’t want to alienate him any more: it was clear that in this situation I was on my own.” 

To keep her sanity, Revati started keeping exhaustive records of every conceivable variable – How often did the baby eat? How long did she suckle on each breast? Did she burp? – trying to find some connection between the feeding and crying, but there didn’t seem to be any. 

”What saved me,” explains Revati, “was developing a soldierly attitude. I knew that if I was going to have the family I wanted I was going to have to tough it out, so I did, even though I was on automatic pilot most of the time.” In the long run, it paid off. “Amrita is now nearly three and a delight,” she adds.

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