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    Exclamation Overreacting?

    My baby girl is 4 and half weeks. I have to pump and feed. I use the Avent bottles with the size one nipple.

    With that being said here is the problem:

    A few weeks ago, I was feeding her and she started choking, like when you swallow water with air kind of choke. I figured she was just eating too fast from the bottle. Now it seems to be happening more often. I hold the bottle horizontally so the milk doesn’t just flow into her mouth, but she has to suck as if she were at the breast. A few times she has been lying on the bed with me and she will just start choking and I pick her up and pat her back. But here is where I got really scared. As I was changing her today, I could hear her gasp for air and I pick her up right away as she gasp a few times and starts coughing. She seems okay when she isn’t choking/coughing, so I am not sure what to think.

    I have talked with her pediatrician and she told me that if it happens again to call her and she will send me to a throat specialist. Afterward I went to meet with a LC and as I was feeding her, she choked on her milk and I asked if that was right. The LC told me that something in her throat and airway may have an issue but couldn’t really help because she wasn’t a doctor.

    So am I overreacting to nothing or is there something wrong? Has any other mother had an issue like this? Please help me.
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    You said that she had this choking experience once while you were changing her diaper?

    Personally I would go ahead and ask for the referral to a throat specialist. I wouldn't want to mess around with something that might be blocking her airway. I know it's a pain to get to the doc's office but if you can manage it , it might calm any concerns or let you know how to handle the situation.

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    I have to call. I just wondered if other mothers have had this and it was nothing. I thought she was getting sick at first, but she seems fine for the most part.
    My little surprise born 2 December 2009 7 lbs 1 oz 20 inches.

    Our goal is 1 year, but I'm willing to go 2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*smiles View Post
    My baby girl is 4 and half weeks. I have to pump and feed. I use the Avent bottles with the size one nipple.

    With that being said here is the problem:

    A few weeks ago, I was feeding her and she started choking, like when you swallow water with air kind of choke. I figured she was just eating too fast from the bottle. Now it seems to be happening more often. I hold the bottle horizontally so the milk doesn’t just flow into her mouth, but she has to suck as if she were at the breast. A few times she has been lying on the bed with me and she will just start choking and I pick her up and pat her back. But here is where I got really scared. As I was changing her today, I could hear her gasp for air and I pick her up right away as she gasp a few times and starts coughing. She seems okay when she isn’t choking/coughing, so I am not sure what to think.

    I have talked with her pediatrician and she told me that if it happens again to call her and she will send me to a throat specialist. Afterward I went to meet with a LC and as I was feeding her, she choked on her milk and I asked if that was right. The LC told me that something in her throat and airway may have an issue but couldn’t really help because she wasn’t a doctor.

    So am I overreacting to nothing or is there something wrong? Has any other mother had an issue like this? Please help me.
    My son had this issue. Please still speak with your doctor, but I will share my story with you.

    1. I had an oversupply of milk, so when I let down, it would choke him. Feeding sitting up would not solve the issue. He still sometimes does it and he's 8 months old. But, it's not as often.

    2. DS would also sometimes choke at random times. When I discussed it with his doctor (who was a hands off approach lady - I loved her but we moved to a different state), she explained that he was learning how to swallow, play and swallow, eat and swallow, explore his world and swallow. It's all new. And eventually, he grew out of the choking at random times.

    Best of luck to you!

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    Would also wonder about asking your doctor for a referral to a speech language pathologist since we deal with swallowing disorders. I don't know what a "throat specialist" would do or who that would be.
    Nursed my sweet daughter 3 years, 3 mos.

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    Her doctor wants me to have it looked at and make sure everything is okay. She has only gagged once while we were at the office, before I felt it was an issue, but she wants to make sure there is no issue with her breathing and swallowing.

    Krystine-
    I don't remember the title of the doctor she wanted to send me to, but the next time we go in I will ask her if she still thinks I should go then we will. But lately she has been coughing more when she eats.
    My little surprise born 2 December 2009 7 lbs 1 oz 20 inches.

    Our goal is 1 year, but I'm willing to go 2!

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    Hi. My daughter choked quite often when she bottle fed before she was 4 months. We use Dr. Brown's bottles and switched from a stage 1 nipple down to a preemie nipple and this helped immensely. This took longer to finish a bottle, but I figure this mimics BF better anyhow.

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    I was looking in the store of a premie nipple, but I didn't see any. Where did you get one? Her doctor wants her looked at still becasue she won't suck when she latches. But Im not sure if thats an issue or not.
    My little surprise born 2 December 2009 7 lbs 1 oz 20 inches.

    Our goal is 1 year, but I'm willing to go 2!

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    I have not experienced what you are describing, but I think getting your LO checked out can't hurt anything, and it will make you feel better.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*krystine View Post
    Would also wonder about asking your doctor for a referral to a speech language pathologist since we deal with swallowing disorders. I don't know what a "throat specialist" would do or who that would be.
    A "throat specialist" would likely be an ENT doctor. ENT stands for Ear, Nose, and Throat. We went to an ENT when DD was having recurrent ear infections and she had to get tubes.
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    Yes, thank you, an ENT is what it is. I knew she said something like that but couldn't remember. I have an appointment for her, so I hope there is nothing wrong.
    My little surprise born 2 December 2009 7 lbs 1 oz 20 inches.

    Our goal is 1 year, but I'm willing to go 2!

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