After giving birth, there's nothing quite like seeing your baby latch for the first time, thanks to the power of oxytocin. However, some new parents experience a shock of something unexpected during those first nursing sessions their newborn baby is coughing or choked on breast milk.
If you notice your newborn coughing while breastfeeding, it's understandable that you're worried or concerned that something may be wrong. However, it's probable that the issue is preventable, and that it does not indicate that there are any major issues. Follow these simple steps to help your newborn stop coughing while breastfeeding, so that everyone may enjoy this wonderful bonding moment for what it's supposed to be.
What is the reason why is my baby coughing while breastfeeding?
Oversupply is one of the most common reasons babies choke on breast milk, according to Leigh Anne OConnor, an international board-certified lactation consultant. Deedee Franke, a registered nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant, has also found that rapid letdown and oversupply can also cause newborn babies to cough or seem to choke on breast milk.
What is the definition of excess?
This is known as an oversupply when you exceed baby needs when breastfeeding. Other signs of oversupply include the baby clinging to your nipple to halt the rapid flow of milk. Ouch. A forceful letdown is when milk comes out too rapidly and forcefully.
Although it's not dangerous, babies can cough, gag, or pull away from your breast quite easily, so it's important to identify strategies to prevent newborn choking while breastfeeding.
While breastfeeding, how do you prevent a newborn from choking?
According to Franke, there are a couple of strategies to help with oversupply and forceful letdown. First, try changing up your breastfeeding position. If you have a forceful letdown, a laid back position or a side-lying breastfeeding position might be more beneficial and comfortable for baby.
The side-lying breastfeeding position is fairly obvious, in that you simply lie down a bit while nursing your baby. This can be done by leaning against a partner or using a reclined chair. Place your baby on their side, facing you, and guiding your nipple into the baby's mouth.
If you have an oversupply or fast letdown, OConnor suggests you try hand expressing a small quantity of milk just before your baby latches to release the initial blast of breastmilk.
A serious milk shortage or overload of milk is a sign that you are experiencing a sharp downturn.
Franke cautions that infant coughing or choking while breastfeeding can be a sign of excess supply; other signs include pulling down or away from the baby's mouth or the baby wiggling or startle prior to coughing or coughing.
Try not to worry if your newborn coughs while breastfeeding, according to Franke. Over time, your breast milk flow and production will adjust to meet your baby's needs more precisely, and your baby will likely become proficient at transferring milk. Alternately, try changing your nursing position and hand-expressing your breasts before latching.
Leigh Anne OConnor, an internationally board-certified lactation expert, is a leading authority on pregnancy.
Deedee Franke, a registered nurse and international board-certified lactation consultant, is