5 month old gagging on breast -- PLEASE HELP!
My sweet baby boy, 5 months, has been gagging on my breast since the first few days of life after birth. He is a big boy, was born 10 pounds 3 ounces. Now is 20 pounds.
He does not have tongue tie, as we had breastfeeding issues in the beginning and a lactation consultant checked.
It is not my overactive letdown (which I have, but the gagging is ONLY happening during the initial latch, not during the letdown or following).
Clearly, he has been nursing enough because he is thriving and is growing out of 12 month clothing at 5 months. BUT, the gagging is becoming a problem.
I used to always take it personally when it happened once every few days, to a few times a day. I used to wonder, do I stink? Did I eat something he doesn't like?
Now I am not just taking it personally, I am WORRIED. Over the last week or so, it has progressively gotten worse (minus a freak 24 hours where he did not gag once). Tonight has been THE WORST. He woke up around 2:20am, I offered the breast, he gagged as usual, but seemed ferociously hungry as he kept trying to latch on again and again, but would each time gag. Finally he seemed to become sad, and was vocally complaining (although not crying) just really letting me know that he was struggling and wanted to nurse but didn't want to gag anymore.
I stopped offering and held him, but soon he wanted to try again. We tried the other breast. Same thing. Took another break. Tried again. Same thing. We got up for a while. I pumped 2oz and offered in a bottle (which he doesn't know how to use) and he chewed on it BUT DRANK 1/4 oz. So it's not the milk! Right?! But he couldn't get himself to drink anymore, and after 1.5 hours of being awake I lay him down and rubbed his back till he fell asleep.
And now I can't sleep because I am devastated, worried, wondering if this is some sign of impending doom. Cancer? Disease? Is my baby going to die? You know those thoughts you have on repeat no matter how much you know there's nothing you can do about it at the moment...
FYI, I have noticed the last 5 days or so that he has a very mild night time cough, and very mild congestion (no snot is coming out but I can hear it in there). I do not think it is viral... but he is NOT gagging on post nasal drip, I KNOW THAT'S NOT THE PROBLEM. But could it be some kind of allergy to something I'm eating?!
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO DO. Or whether to call our naturopath or general physician tomorrow morning. I just know I need to do something. I just know something is wrong.
Can anyone offer any ideas of what could be causing this? Or what to do?
Thank you so much..... I am feeling so desperate.