I'm hoping someone can help with this. My son is 1.5 weeks old. He has until this point been a champion nurser. he gained a pound in a week. Was nursing every hour for about 10-15 min, and i would feed alternate sides each time, or if i fed him with both sides he would go about 2 hrs during the day, 3 at night.
yesterday he started choking while nursing. I've read everything available on this and I don't really have any signs of overactive let down. His poop is not green or frothy. letdown wasn't painful, though it is today because i'm spacing out feedings. and i don't spray milk. on the left side i can merely express drops, and on the right there's a small stream after let down only if i squeeze. I don't leak a lot, just a little.
I have tried feeding him upright, and expressing some (prob too much) first, then pulling off at let down and squeezing some into a towel and this seems to help, but he still chokes sometimes and it doesn't always correspond with let down. I can just hear his swallowing getting a bit disorganized and i know it's coming. if it was a swallowing issue i would think it would have shown up before now. He has nursed wonderfully until yesterday.
I had low supply with DD so i have no experience in this area. I'm doing only one side per 2 hour block now, although admittedly today i've waited longer because i'm just so nervous about feeding him. Can this be dangerous for the baby? It takes a little while for him to catch his breath- i have to hold him on his side and pat him and watch him struggle. When he gets his breath he doesn't cry, and doesn't seem to be put off by nursing- he's crazy about it.
any advice would be greatly appreciated. i don't know what to do- i'm so worried about aspiration or worse. Can worse happen?
thanks so much.