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Do All Moms Lie About How They're Coping With Motherhood?

"He's a brilliant sleeper!", "I'm so lucky", "She's such an easy baby"... are these the little white lies we tell each other, and ourselves?

Well, according to new research commissioned by Colief, experts in baby health, 96% of moms feel other parents say they are coping better than they are, while 68% admit to pretending to cope better themselves. It's something we're all a little guilty of. It's hard to be completely honest as a parent all the time, as you want to give off the impression that everything is rosy, not that things are on the brink!

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When asked about the hardest aspects of motherhood to deal with, sleep deprivation came out on top (71%), then the lack of personal time (50%) and baby’s crying at number three (46%). According to the survey, another big stress for new parents is colic, with the findings showing that 41% of new moms say their baby suffered with it. Colic is a very common, and often distressing condition that affects babies usually aged up to six months. It involves repeated episodes of excessive and inconsolable crying in a newborn baby who otherwise appears to be perfectly healthy. Colief ® Infant Drops is a natural product which is added to breast milk or infant formula and relieves the symptoms of colic caused by temporary lactose intolerance.

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Irish moms are being encouraged to consider breastfeeding as an option for their baby during National Breastfeeding Week 2016 (1st – 7th October). Colief ® Infant Drops has been developed as a treatment which is safe and easy-to-use for breastfeeding mothers. By adding Colief ® Infant Drops to a few tablespoons of expressed breast milk before feeding as normal, moms can treat their baby’s colic and continue to breastfeed. Dr. Nina Byrnes, GP said, “Colic affects up to 1 in 5 babies in Ireland and can be incredibly difficult for parents, especially when left untreated as inconsolable crying is upsetting for everyone. Lactase enzymes may be effective in reducing symptoms due to temporary lactose intolerance and can help improve baby and parents quality of life. It’s very important that parents talk about these problems, seek help and don’t feel they are alone.”

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But we know that all babies are different and not every case of colic is caused by temporary lactose intolerance. Moms can try a one-week trial of Colief ® Infant Drops to help diagnose whether sensitivity to milk-sugar lactose could be the problem. The active ingredient is lactase, a safe, naturally occurring enzyme produced within the small intestine. As a natural treatment, it is safe to use from birth, even with premature babies.

Colief’s top tips for recognising the symptoms of colic:

  • 3+ hours of crying
  • Drawing up of the knees
  • Arched back
  • Flushed cheeks
  • Inconsolable

For more information on colic and Colief ® Infant Drops visit www.colief.com

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Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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