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PLEASE HELP. MY NEWBORN IS NOW 7 WEEKS OLD. SHE HAS BEEN A CRIER SINCE BIRTH. WE HAVE TRIED MEDICINE SUGGESTED BY THE DOCTOR FOR REFLUX AND FOR GAS. NOTHING SEEMS TO HELP HER. SHE HAS NOW STARTED TO HAVE MAJOR CRYING SPELLS IN THE LATE EVENINGS FOR SOMETIMES UP TO TWO HOURS ANY ADVICE YOU CAN SHARE WOULD VERY MUCH BE APPRECIATED.”
What you and your daughter are going through is a completely normal developmental phase, as unpleasant as it is! Between the ages of six to eight weeks is when babies cry the absolute most, averaging two hours of cry time a day (though some babies may cry for as long as five hours!) and with most of that crying happening in the early evening. Why this is, no one knows for sure—it seems to have something to do with brain development and the baby adjusting to a 24-hour sleep cycle, because this is also around the point at which most babies have begun to spend more time sleeping at night and less during the day.
It’s also common for babies to “cluster feed” at this age: feeding on an off in the evenings, sometimes for several hours. The crying and cluster feeding can make it seem like there’s something wrong with mom’s milk, but this is hardly ever the case. Baby is simply stoking up for those longer nighttime sleep stretches, and helping build up mom’s milk supply to fuel an oncoming growth spurt. Motion can often help with the crying— carrying, bouncing the baby gently on your knee, rocking or taking her for a ride in the stroller or the car. And remember, this phase is normal and it will pass!