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Choking while feeding

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JimmyMcNulty Mon 12-Oct-09 22:17:49

Ds2 (11 weeks) is fully bf and a very efficient feeder now when he wants to be - 5 mins each breast, putting on huge amounts of weight.

Ds1 used to gag a bit when I had letdowns early in the feed but always came off straight away for a bit of a splutter then back on again. Ds2 is weird in that I can tell when too much milk has gone in as I hear him stop taking breaths, but he just carries on shock until about 5 secs later his eyes go wide, finally he unlatches and I have to tip him up/pat him on the back while he struggles for breath in a pretty alarming way!

I've started unlatching him myself when I hear him stop taking breaths, but this doesn't make for very relaxing feeds.

Just wondering if anyone else has had this? Is there any way I can reduce the speed of the letdown?

scrunchie Mon 12-Oct-09 22:20:42

Hi, there's a page on kellymom about this. Feeding in a more upright position can help.

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html

Skillbo Mon 12-Oct-09 22:54:23

I definitely know what you are talking about. If my DD manages to get past the 'stopped breathing' bit, she then starts to cough and choke but will NOT unlatch.

I don't think there is anyway to stop the speed as such - I find it has improved as she's got a bit older (she's now 17 weeks) so perhaps you have to just wing it until he can cope it slightly better..

Sorry- realised not been any help but it's always nice to know you're not alone!

JimmyMcNulty Tue 13-Oct-09 13:06:03

Thanks both of you - v helpful. smile

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