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Breastfeeding issue.. MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46847 posts
29th Aug '13

LO is two weeks old and every time she nurses she chokes. I have a hard let down, so I started unlatching her when my milk let down and waiting for it to stop before letting her latch back on... but she's still choking... so that's not the problem. She chokes at least once per feeding. Sometimes twice. It scares me that she will inhale too much into her lungs and get ill or not be able to breathe for too long.



Is this normal? What do I do to stop this?

user banned 2 kids; Minnesota 7318 posts
29th Aug '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" LO is two weeks old and every time she nurses she chokes. I have a hard let down, so I started unlatching ... [snip!] ... inhale too much into her lungs and get ill or not be able to breathe for too long. Is this normal? What do I do to stop this?"


Have you tried making sure she's sitting up while she nurses? It may be something to talk to her pedi about just to see if there could be an underlying issue.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5 (boy); 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
29th Aug '13

I know I have a very fast let down as well. I believe (trying to remember back 17 months) that brady choked while nursing too. He did just grow out of it though.

ℕightingale 1 child; Mississippi 7392 posts
29th Aug '13

Have you tried hand expressing some of the milk? It's probably because shes getting too much milk. That's what helped with DD.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46847 posts
29th Aug '13
Quoting Chim Richalds:" Have you tried making sure she's sitting up while she nurses? It may be something to talk to her pedi about just to see if there could be an underlying issue."



Yeah I try to make sure she's inclined to almost a sitting position, as much as possible being that she has no head control and I have to hold her head in place. Still doesn't work.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46847 posts
29th Aug '13
Quoting ℕightingale:" Have you tried hand expressing some of the milk? It's probably because shes getting too much milk. That's what helped with DD."


I tried pumping a couple ounces beforehand to see if it would come out slower, if that would help... no dice.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5437 posts
29th Aug '13

I had this issue with my youngest, nothing we did helped. He didn't seem bothered by it, so I'd just unlatch him when he would start choking, and then latch him back once he had calmed down. Most of the time he was raring to go lol. I asked his pediatrician, my OB, and two LC, all of them agreed that my milk just flowed too fast, and that he'd get used to it. We are almost a year and still going strong. He still occasionally will choke lol.

smASHface 3 kids; 1 angel baby; French Lick, IN, United States 47374 posts
29th Aug '13

One of my twins is prone to chocking, even still. She used to choke a lot when bfing. I'd have to hand express some first and keep her slightly slanted upwards when feeding.

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46847 posts
29th Aug '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" I had this issue with my youngest, nothing we did helped. He didn't seem bothered by it, so I'd just ... [snip!] ... too fast, and that he'd get used to it. We are almost a year and still going strong. He still occasionally will choke lol."

It doesn't seem to bother her, but goodness her little face is just so sad, and it scares me so badly.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5437 posts
29th Aug '13
Quoting MunchkinWrangler:" It doesn't seem to bother her, but goodness her little face is just so sad, and it scares me so badly."


It is really scary! If she isn't bothered, then I'd say don't worry about it honestly. If you've tried expressing some before hand, and it still happens then there isn't much else you can do!

Mrs.Mud 6 kids; 2 angel babies; North Dakota 3308 posts
29th Aug '13

Isn't laying on your back with baby on your tummy a recommended position for fast let-down? I think...

MunchkinWrangler 4 kids; Rīga, Latvia 46847 posts
29th Aug '13
Quoting Mrs.Mud:" Isn't laying on your back with baby on your tummy a recommended position for fast let-down? I think..."


That's nearly impossible for us.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5437 posts
29th Aug '13

Yeah at your LO's age it would be difficult.

Rachel Whalen 1 child; New York 406 posts
29th Aug '13

DD is two weeks old also, she does the same thing not the whole time but at least once a feeding. i kinda recognize a sound she makes before she chokes on it, so i sit her up and let her swallow, .