Re: Gassy and fusses at the breast whilst feeding
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The choking, coughing, and unlatching sounds very much like a reaction to a rapid letdown of milk. For a young baby, drinking from a breast which is releasing milk at full speed can be like trying to drink from a firehose. The first thing to try is to adopt reclined nursing positions, which enlist the aid of gravity to slow milk flow. Try leaning way back, or even lying on your back with the baby on top of you.
Do you currently feel like you have a lot of extra milk? Making extra milk, which will make you feel engorged or full on a frequent basis, is often the root cause of fast letdowns.
The second behavior your mention- the tugging and then the head-shoving- is a little more puzzling. It could be baby's reaction to a change in flow speed, or it could just be the generally uncoordinated behavior of a new baby. It should pass as he grows and becomes stronger and better able to control his movements- including his bowel movements. As he gets more comfortable using the bottom end of his digestive system, he's going to become less dramatic about passing gas and poop. If the behavior is a reaction to a slow flow, you could always try breast compressions to speed a little more milk to the baby, and see if that helps him settle a little.
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