I am so happy to have found this forum as I need some support and advice. DD is one month and since my milk came in shortly after she was born, she has had issues with at least one massive spit up a day. She will also pull of my breast and cough, choke, have trouble breathing and basically give me a heart attack every time. It terrifies me.
She cluster feeds (at least I think she does) and will nurse frequently over a 3 or 4 hr period before sleeping for about the same amount of time. Even when I think she must be full, she fusses and cries unless she is nursing. I try to burp her often and keep her upright during and after nursing. But at some point she will pull of my breast as though something has caught in her throat and then cough violently until she expels all of the milk she took in. Sometimes this happens after she's finished nursing. Sometimes she does the choking thing without spitting up (although that seems to be happening less frequently.)
She is gaining extremely well and does not seem upset after she spits up. In fact, all she wants is to start nursing again. I can handle cleaning up the mess, but I really worry about the choking and wheezing and when it seems like she can't breath. DH is encouraging me to pump and bottle feed her so I can tell how much she's getting and then stop feeding her after a certain amount.
What am I doing wrong? Is this a nursing issue or something else? How can I help her?
Thanks so much for any and all advice.