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    Default Choking during breastfeeding

    My son is 3 weeks old and was born at 34 weeks. He actually did well and was latching on by 24 hours after birth. My question is when does my breast start regulate to his needs. Currently he get choked up at each feeding and I am worried that he might have some problems. One of my breast has milk that shoots out like a geyser (in fact I teasingly call it geyser boobie). Sometimes my son does not even like to try that side because I think it is coming out to fast. Is there anything I can do to help him?

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    Default Re: Choking during breastfeeding

    I have a powerful letdown too and when my breasts are too full I pump for a couple minutes before I feed my son and he usually doesn't have too much trouble. Also, my milk began to really regulate when my son was about 5 months old. I could really tell a difference because my breasts did not get full and hard anymore and I quit getting plugged ducts (knock on wood!) I think it pretty normal though that babies cough and choke during breastfeeding, especially at the start of a feeding.
    Don't know if this helps, but good luck!

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    Default Re: Choking during breastfeeding

    Here are some ideas to help a baby deal with a forceful letdown and fast milk flow (from kellymom.com) ...

    Position baby so that she is nursing "uphill" in relation to mom's breast, where gravity is working against the flow of milk. The most effective positions are those where baby's head and throat are above the level of your nipple. Some nursing positions to try:

    • Cradle hold, but with mom leaning back (a recliner or lots of pillows helps)
    • Football hold, but with mom leaning back
    • Elevated football hold - like the football hold, but baby is sitting up and facing mom to nurse instead of lying down (good for nursing in public).
    • Side lying position - this allows baby to dribble the extra milk out of her mouth when it's coming too fast
    • Australian position (mom is "down under", aka posture feeding) - in this position, mom is lying on her back and baby is on top (facing down), tummy to tummy with mom. Avoid using this positioning frequently, as it may lead to plugged ducts.
    • Burp baby frequently if she is swallowing a lot of air.
    • Nurse more frequently. This will reduce the amount of milk that accumulates between feedings, so feedings are more manageable for baby.
    • Nurse when baby is sleepy and relaxed. Baby will suck more gently at this time, and the milk flow will be slower.
    Wait until let-down occurs, then take baby off the breast while at the same time catching the milk in a towel or cloth diaper. Once the flow slows, you can put your baby back to the breast.
    • Pump or hand express until the flow of milk slows down, and then put baby to the breast. Use this only if nothing else is working, as it stimulates additional milk production. If you do this, try to express a little less milk each time until you are no longer expressing before nursing.

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    Default Re: Choking during breastfeeding

    Paint the moon has all the stuff you need! I had an oversupply problem as well. It was really tough. I had lactation specialist come to my house and went to several places seeking help. I was told that I was producing enough milk for twins! Everytime I fed my son it was a screaming session that would last sometimes an hour.I swear most of my milk went in towels or the garbage...it was soooo frustrating.It was also mind boggling that he ever got any milk. He was gaining like gangbusters, so I was told that he was thriving and should take comfort in that. I cried quite a lot. My poor husband didn't know what to do with me. I felt like I couldn't go anywhere 'cause nursing him was such a nightmare. If ever we had friends over and I had to nurse him they were so shocked. It was insane how the milk POURED in all directions. It was EVERYWHERE. All over my son, on my husband, the hardwood floor,furniture...you get the picture. The other frustrating thing was that SOMETIMES he could handle my letdowns and I would think...YAY I'm in the clear! Then the next feed would be tears and screaming all over again. I dreaded nursing him.All the specialists, plus his doctor promised me that at 3 months it would change. I SO did NOT believe them. About 2 days before he turned 3 months it happened. He just started being able to handle the milk. Of course I had to do ALL the tricks.....leaning back, holding him upright, pumping a little before (although, I recomend hand expressing- it's faster than fiddling with the pump...DON'T keep him waiting).

    He is now 4 months old and I've finally started to level off! My breasts don't get so hard anymore. If I was at the mall, I'd have to go to the washroom and express by hand to relieve pressure in between feeds. Sooo important! I looove breastfeeding now! I'm so glad I stuck it out. It was SO worth it. I feel so close to him now. He gets only the breast and he even falls asleep nursing now! I was a little worried about that, but his doctor and breastfeeding specialists have told me not to worry about it. They say it is the most natural way for a baby to sleep. So I've relaxed and am enjoying feeling him melt in my arms.Such an amazing feeling.

    Anyways,sounds like your baby is handling the choking well and not freking out like my little guy did. Hang in there...it really does level off EVENTUALLY. Breast IS best.GOOD LUCK!

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    Default Re: Choking during breastfeeding

    I second the pp. I was told by LLL that it would work itself out at around 3 months. I didn't believe it either. I was pumping when I was too full, hand expressing into sinks, towels, etc. But it did settle down, so just be patient. I know it's no fun watching your baby choke and wheeze while nursing!

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    Default Re: Choking during breastfeeding

    Thanks to all for the advice of what to do with my son. I actually was supposed to have twins but one died and I wondered if that was why I had a lot of milk. Anyway, I will try all of the ideas. I really appreciate the assistance I know breastfeeding is best and I am determined not to quit I just am getting annoyed with the overproduction of milk.

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