Babies may cry for a wide variety of reasons such as thirst, hunger, wetness, fatigue, or mild discomfort. There are times, however, when babies cry for no identifiable reason and need to be comforted. Almost all babies have fussy periods that occur at various times of the day. This usually disappears by 3-4 months of age.

Breast feeding mothers can try eliminating certain foods from their diets as occasionally baby discomfort can be due to food sensitivity. It is important to try several soothing techniques and find out what works for your baby. Techniques include using a pacifier, swaddling, holding the baby in your arms, and music or white noise. (See FOOD PRODUCTS THAT MAY CAUSE DISCOMFORT IN BABIES OF NURSING MOTHERS list on page 6).