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letdown? to much milk? Rachel Whalen 1 child; New York 406 posts
1st Sep '13

so everythime i feed dd she chokes on my milk. is this a letdown issue? i pump before i feed her and it still happens, i even lay down with her almost upright and still chokes. the only way is if we lay in bed side by side but i fall asleep and i dont want to crush her so i try not to. anything else i can do? shes even using a nipple shield for latching issues but a few min in i take it off and she does fine. i hate this im scared shes going to choke and die! can they die on your milk? i dont know first baby here and shes 17 days old. Help please. TIA

countrytink 4 kids; Ohio 702 posts
1st Sep '13

My son did this in the beginning and I know it can be very scary. Have you tried leaning back in bed or in a chair and laying her on her stomach on you upright? This would help with the downward flow. It was me tip ex in one of my breast feeding books as a good first position to try.

Rachel Whalen 1 child; New York 406 posts
1st Sep '13
Quoting countrytink:" My son did this in the beginning and I know it can be very scary. Have you tried leaning back in bed ... [snip!] ... This would help with the downward flow. It was me tip ex in one of my breast feeding books as a good first position to try."


ya i did that this morning and she still choked!! i feel so bad cuz i see her face coufing and im scared milk going in her lungs or something

countrytink 4 kids; Ohio 702 posts
1st Sep '13

Do you have a number for a lactation consultant? I know the hosp where I delivered sent me home with it.



Without seeing how much she is coughing or what is exactly going on it is difficult to provide helpful advice. I can tell you are nervous and being a new breast feeding mom is hard enough without fear.



It sounds to me like you are trying everything right so I would see if you have any resources available to you that can help.

Rachel Whalen 1 child; New York 406 posts
1st Sep '13
Quoting countrytink:" Do you have a number for a lactation consultant? I know the hosp where I delivered sent me home with ... [snip!] ... It sounds to me like you are trying everything right so I would see if you have any resources available to you that can help."

ya i actually go to a breastfeeding support group on thursdays but the lactation consultant had surgery so she wnt be back for two weeks, just when i have all these questions uhgg

BαtMαɳ Gotham, __, United States 69422 posts
status 1st Sep '13

If you are super worried I would just exclusively pump and bottle feed for now until you can talk to someone about your concerns. My milk never letdown that much so that's the only thing I can think of.

countrytink 4 kids; Ohio 702 posts
1st Sep '13

What if you hand express before? Pumping is a bit force and maybe your letdown is to "large" for your newborn.



I agree that if you are really concerned to just pump and bottle feed until you are able to get assistance.

Rachel Whalen 1 child; New York 406 posts
1st Sep '13

i try to hand express but it doesnt come out when i do that maybe im not doing it right

countrytink 4 kids; Ohio 702 posts
1st Sep '13

I cup the breast with a c hold (same hand as side) and rub/squeeze down towards nipple.