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Book Information

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Title: Survivor’s Guide to Colic
Subtitle: Solutions for Crying Babies from Someone Who’s Been There
Author: Jen Lester
Publisher: Green Jester
eBook Recommended Retail Price: USD$8.99, AUD$9.95 
eBook Currently Available from major eBook Resellers
Paperback Recommended Retail Price: USD$19.99, AUD$24.99 AUD
(Paperback Coming Soon – Release Date TBA)


978-0-9924368-2-7 (paperback) 
978-0-9924368-0-3 (epub)
978-0-9924368-1-0 (mobi)

Short Description

Survivor’s Guide to Colic provides comprehensive information for any parent of a colicky or fussy baby.  Jen Lester knows what it feels like to be an exhausted parent of a newborn baby that won’t stop screaming.  So she wrote you the book she wished she’d had!

Survivor’s Guide to Colic brings together powerful settling techniques for crying babies, a full range of options to address the underlying causes of colic and busts some colic myths along the way.

Drawing on the latest medical research, the book provides balanced information, including the pros and cons of all your options, to enable parents to make informed choices and find the right option to help your baby.

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No Bossy Rules
Just Clear, Balanced Information About Your Options

Is your baby unsettled, fussy and crying for hours?  When your baby won’t stop crying you need practical answers FAST.

Jen Lester draws on the latest medical research to explain:
-    Powerful settling techniques to help your baby right now.
-    A full range of options to address the underlying cause/s of colic.
-    The pros and cons of each option, to help you decide what to try.
-    What IS colic anyway?
-    Why there is so much argument about what causes Colic?
-    That colic is NOT caused by stressed-out parents.

Easy to read for new, sleep-deprived parents

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Author Information


Short Bio

Jen Lester’s introduction to motherhood was rough – her little boy suffered terribly from colic.  This led her on an exhaustive quest for answers. In the process she discovered that there are solutions out there.  Jen is passionate about helping new parents so they can get back to enjoying their baby, instead of just ‘surviving’ them.

Jen’s profession is corporate law - she has a background in research commercialisation and technology licensing, but she’s had a diverse career: having been everything from a solicitor, a medicine student, and a non-profit lawyer to a professional circus instructor (yes, really!).  Jen thrives on work and loves a good challenge, but her fiercest passion is her family.


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Interview Resources

Sample Interview Questions

  • What motivated you to write ‘Survivor’s Guide to Colic’?
  • What was your experience as a new parent of a colicky baby?
  • Why is your book different?
  • Why is there so much conflicting information about colic?
  • Tell me more about the links between excessively crying babies and other serious issues like post natal depression and shaken baby syndrome?
  • Your son was just 10 months old when the book was released, how did you find time to write it?
  • Why did you decide to self-publish the book?
  • How did you compile the comprehensive medical research information in the book? 
  • Your bio mentions that you were a medicine student at one time, what happened?
  • You’ve had an unusual career, were you really a professional trapeze instructor?

Sample Interview Answers

What motivated you to write ‘Survivor’s Guide to Colic’?
I’ve been through some rough times in my life, but weeks of being unable to comfort my newborn baby was a genuinely devastating experience.  It sent me on a quest for answers to help my son.  I soon discovered was that it wasn’t easy to find clear information about colic.  The experts seemed to be contradicting each other and it was hard to figure out what to do.  After a bit of digging, I discovered that there were solutions out there, so I wanted to share that with other parents.  

My best friend was pregnant when I started writing this book -  that’s probably what prompted me to first start typing.  I wanted to pull together the best of all the information and research I’d compiled about colic, just in case she had a fussy baby too.  

I wrote the book that I wished I’d had - with everything a parent needs to know about colic: clearing up the misconceptions, written specifically for a sleep-deprived parent and giving a balanced perspective on the options to address the underlying causes of colic.  

What was your experience as a new parent of a colicky baby?
Sam & I were so proud when Oliver was born, so excited and full of hope for the future.  We adored our gorgeous little man and were just so delighted that he’d arrived safely.  

When the crying began we started out fairly chipper, we just smiled at each other and reminded ourselves that we’d expected that having a new baby wouldn’t be easy.  Then when it went on for days… and then those days became weeks, that ‘chipper’ mood turned rather desperate.  

The crying was awful…. Really awful…. Somewhere deep in my psyche I believed that a mother should be able to comfort her own baby.  So I felt utterly dreadful when nothing seemed to help.  Devastated.  With this terrible feeling that I was failing my baby, right from the outset.

My mind was racing with questions like “Will he be scarred forever by this terrible start?”, “Is it just because he’s a difficult baby?”, “Am I a terrible mother that I can’t comfort my own baby?”  They were really dark times and very dark questions.  When I looked into it further, I found that there was some really helpful medical research that addresses those kinds of questions and that’s information that I want to get out there to other parents of excessively crying babies.

And once we fixed the colic, it turned out that Oli has a really sunny temperament – he’s always smiling and ready to explore the world and find some mischief!

Why is your book different?
When you’re already stressed and exhausted, the last thing you need is another bossy book telling you that you MUST do this or that.  I don’t believe in preaching - you never really know what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes.  

I believe in offering people balanced information about their choices and letting them make their own decisions as parents.  I think my job as an author is to provide information that’s punchy, accessible, comprehensive, balanced and backed with the references to the medical research so that people can look into it further themselves if they want to.

Why is there so much conflicting information about colic?
That is a complex question, which I explain in detail in the book, but to give a simplified answer: There is disagreement between doctors about the definition of colic, fierce argument about what causes colic, and polarised views about how to treat it.  The medical research is often conflicting and some of it has been criticised for being poorly conducted or designed from a scientific perspective.  That leaves a lot of room for debate.  And that is almost impossible maze for a tired new parent to navigate, particularly when this is not a problem they expected to deal with.

There is even disagreement about the definition of colic.  Some experts use the word ‘colic’ to refer to crying specifically caused by abdominal pain, whereas others use the more commonly accepted medical definition which is known as the ‘Rule of Threes’: an otherwise healthy baby who has had all his/her needs met, but who is crying for more than three hours a day, for more than 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more.

My view is that a distressed baby has one main way to show that – by crying (a lot).  However, it doesn’t necessarily follow that all babies that cry excessively have the same underlying problem.  So I believe that it is possible, for example, that some babies who are crying excessively have a gastrointestinal cause of their colic.  Whereas others are crying because they are overstimulated.  Experts in this area have tended to set themselves up in one camp or the other.  I believe its possible that both camps are right (at least about SOME babies with colic, but not necessarily all).

So my book breaks down for parents the main theories about the causes of colic, the key indicators for each of those causes, and the pros and cons of the various solutions to address those underlying causes, including the medical research I could find to back up each view.  That way parents can make an informed decision about the right thing to try to help their baby.

Your son was just 10 months old when the book was released, how did you find time to write it?
That’s a great question – looking back I’m surprised myself! I wrote while Oliver was napping during the day and in the evenings.  Although I was tired at the time, I was pretty passionate about helping other parents going through such a rough initiation to parenthood, and I think that’s what kept me going.

Why did you decide to self-publish the book?
When Oliver had colic it was incredibly difficult to leave the house and I was definitely keen on getting access to information fast.  So I anticipated that an eBook format would be the most helpful for this market.  My wonderful husband has great IT skills, so it seemed a natural step to self publish the book.

Also I saw so many people in forums and on Twitter constantly asking for help with their baby’s colic, so I wanted to get this information out to everyone fast.  Self-publishing is fairly straightforward and accessible these days, and I was concerned that otherwise I’d spend months looking for a publisher and negotiating a contract.  Self publishing seemed the best/fastest way to get this book out to the parents that needed it.  

How did you compile the comprehensive medical research information in the book?
I’ve always worked in areas that related to medical research and technology. I have worked as an in-house lawyer for non-profit medical research organisations and universities, particularly in the areas of research commercialisation, clinical trials and technology licensing.  My background is intellectual property (IP) law and one of the reasons I was first hired by an IP firm was because I’d been a medicine student at one time in my life – being comfortable with the detail of science and medicine was an advantage in a firm that specialised in major litigation about pharmaceutical patents. 

Your bio mentions that you were a medicine student at one time, what happened?
When I first started university I was studying a combined degree of medicine and law, but I became quite ill at one point and was unable to study full time.  And med required full time study… 

You’ve had an unusual career, were you really a professional circus instructor?
Yes, that one’s a bit random, isn’t it?  I’ve always had a passion for circus, so a few years ago I took unpaid leave from my ‘real job’ and spent a year as a flying trapeze instructor and aerials performer.  I’m not all that talented at it, but I do love to fly!  (Or at least I did before I became a mum – at this point I’m wondering if I’ll ever get my abs back!)

Background Information About Colic

How Common is Colic?

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Estimates vary widely, between 5% and 40% of babies.  The middle ground of 20% is commonly accepted. Below is a paper that covered a systematic review of the statistics. 
“Systematic review of the occurrence of infantile colic in the community” Lucassen et al Arch Dis Child 2001;84:398–403

Paper indicating crying can be a trigger for Shaken Baby Syndrome 

Barr et al “Age-related incidence curve of hospitalized Shaken Baby Syndrome cases: Convergent evidence for crying as a trigger to shaking” Child Abuse & Neglect 30 (2006) 7-16.

Papers re link between inconsolable infant crying and postnatal depression

Vik et al “Infantile colic, prolonged crying and maternal postnatal depression” Acta Paediatr. 2009 Aug;98(8):1344-8 PubMed Link:

Radesky et al “Inconsolable infant crying and maternal postpartum depressive symptoms” Pediatrics 2013 Jun;131(6):e1857-64.  PubMed Link: