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Baby choking when bottle feeding

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Givinguph0pe Mon 15-Feb-16 04:26:44

Dd is nearly 8 weeks old but was 6 weeks prem. she is fed expressed breast milk with a Dr Browns preemie bottle so the teat is incredibly slow flowing.
She will usually cough and choke 7 or 8 times during a 100ml feed. It makes me very anxious. I've mentioned it to the hv who said she won't actually choke but dd seems to be getting worse not better. I dread feeding her. Also sometimes she will choke and I think it scares her and then she won't take anymore. I am getting to the point where I'd rather let her be hungry than risk her choking.
I've tried sitting her up more / less / at different angles/ taking the bottle out her mouth every few sucks but it makes no difference.
I know preemies struggle with suck swallow breathe but surely by now she should have got it? It's making my pnd worse as I spend my life worrying about feeding her.

Should I take her to my GP?

hartmel Mon 15-Feb-16 04:31:43

Didn't want to read and run!
Have you tried a different brand bottle? My first child took only Nuk brand with the others he choked as well!
My second child choked on the Nuk brand ones and after trying a couple brands she was fine with Tommy Tippee

Might be worse a try

Out2pasture Mon 15-Feb-16 04:35:22

Baby bottle nipples have different sized flow holes. Read the packaging and try various brands.
Position the little one more upright.

winchester1 Mon 15-Feb-16 05:50:53

Dc2 did this, I would take the bottle out, shh her so she calmed down and put it back a few min later. Always careful to hold the bottle at a shallow angle to slow the feed down and have her at around 50degrees. We used prem teats the first week as we were in neo natal, even though she was full term.
She eventually grew out of it.
(is your prone to hiccups the two seemed to be related in some way talking to other parents)

Givinguph0pe Mon 15-Feb-16 09:31:10

Yes she hiccups all the time! Usually when she's hungry actually. How strange!

Occasionally we get a feed where is doesn't happen but other times it happens over and over again.

Givinguph0pe Mon 15-Feb-16 09:31:39

I wish she would hurry up and outgrow it very soon.

winchester1 Mon 15-Feb-16 11:20:31

Try feeding a bit sooner my theory was the prehicups gulping was causing the problem (I have no evidence whatso ever grin)

winchester1 Mon 15-Feb-16 11:31:38

Oh and also try not to panic as in my very small sample (of two) panicky parents made the child learn to panic as well.

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