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Thread: How to hold/help baby while choking!?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2011

    Exclamation How to hold/help baby while choking!?

    I don't seem to have an oversupply, but do have an over active letdown (mostly on my left side) I will express a little from the squirter, and try to recline. It's not a huge problem but I really worry when he is choking so badly he has a hard time catching his breath or breathing for a few seconds.
    How can I help him/hold him while he chokes? I also worry about him aspirating milk.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2006

    Default Re: How to hold/help baby while choking!

    Just sit him upright on your lap for a moment. My cleft baby was a prime candidate for aspiration pneumonia, unlike your very healthy baby, and that is what the cleft team suggested. You'll be fine
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2011

    Default Re: How to hold/help baby while choking!

    I had the same issue (and periodically do). Best thing I found was to recline WAY back or if I was having a particularly heavy let down, detach DD2 and let it spray/run in a nursing pad or cloth diaper until the flow calms down. Agree with pp, if your LO does get choked, sit him up and let him catch his breath. He'll cough a bit, but be fine!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Northern Cal.

    Default Re: How to hold/help baby while choking!

    I agree: Nursing in a more reclined position may help as the OALD will be working against gravity. And if your baby seems to be sputtering, just give him a second upright. Before you know it, your baby will grow into your OALD and will enjoy the fast flow.

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