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baby choking

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
my 7 wo dd seems to choke alot, usually while bf'ing. it's so scary. a few times, she has done this while simply breathing. she gasps for air. is this normal? anyone else have this experience?
post #2 of 6
sorry-double post!
post #3 of 6
My dd does this. She has reflux and tracheomalacia, neither of which (in her) is terribly serious.

Your daughter may just still be learning how to eat and swallow. Remember that it is all new to her. I know it can be really scary. Maybe you would be better if you took an infant cpr class???

None the less, if you aren't too opposed to md's, I would talk to one to make sure you know all you need to about what she is doing.
post #4 of 6
She may just be getting used to breathing. Ds gave us some real scares a couple of times (one night we stayed up until 2 am watching him, because he was breathing funny, but he started breathing naturally and we went to sleep). Two thoughts, though.

First, do you produce a lot of milk? My cousin and I have both had this "problem" (if you can call it that). Our babies have just can't quite cope with all of it at first. They have to get used to used to it. One thing that helps with this is to only feed on one side at each feeding. Feeding on both sides at each feeding increases the amount of milk you produce, and if you've already got an abundant (or over-abundant) supply, you don't need that. Also, my cousin had to take her babies off when let-down started (she would have them latch on to get the milk flowing, but as soon as it was apparant that baby was getting a lot of milk, she would take him off) and either catch that milk or let it go to waste, and then put them on a minute or two later. That way they didn't get the rush of milk at let-down. And just know that babies do develop coping mechanisms for this. Some will learn to drink faster (and they get older they'll be able to cope with all of it without problem, but that may be months down the road). Others will learn to let some of the milk dribble out of the corner of their mouth, which can be messy (I always had to put a diaper below my breast to catch the excess milk), but is better than a choking babe.

The second thought is this. When she chokes while simply breathing, is after crying? Ds used to lose his breathing rhythm when he cried. Maybe it was because he cried so seldom and just wasn't used to it? He would make really scary gasping sounds.

Hope something here helps you figure this out. If you're really worried, you could take her to a trusted ped. or ask your midwife (if you have one) for advice and if this is within the realm of normal.

post #5 of 6
Ditto to what the PP said!

My milk lets down fast and hard if it's been awhile since ds nursed (after a long nap for instance) so he sometimes gets choked up on it.

My dd did the choke/gag thing a few times where I think she just swallowed wrong (dr. said it was fine).
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
thanks so much for the replies. i don't think it's related to overactive breast milk supply, but hard to know. she does this gasping for air thing, even when not bf'ing. probably related to learning how to use her body. our 1st appt w/ her ped is in 1.5 weeks, i'll definitely ask about it. also, since she's only 7weeks and therefore only eating breast milk, i guess she can't really choke seriously, nothing solid to block any pipes. right?? just scary to see my little love gasping for air like that.
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