Unexplainable, inconsolable crying - for more than 3 hours a day (at one time, like from midnight to three am) more than three days a week, for three weeks or more... This is even when you are holding them, and they are fed, changed, and otherwise totally cared for: that's colic. Crying for food or to be held is not colic, as it's explainable and you can do something to fix it.
A colicky baby is rough on a mama... and it isn't necessarily something "caused" by you or something that can be "fixed" by you...the one thing that helped me is learning that sometimes, some babies need to cry - it IS their need, and that my job as mama isn't to stop it, but to love and support them through it. Crying in the loving arms of a parent or in a sling is not the same thing, neurologically, as being left to cry alone. That helped a lot, otherwise I was sure to lose my mind from the stress and sleep deprivation. It does end!
at 9:57 PM on Apr. 18, 2009