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Old 01-05-2011, 02:50 AM   #1
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LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

My DS is 5 weeks old now, been BF exclusively since birth. He consistently has a problem choking when letdown occurs. Is this a positional thing? Anyone have similar experiences and any suggestions?

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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

DD does this sometimes too...I think it just shocks them a little, getting just drops at a time and then this forceful spray? Just a thought.....
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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

DS did it for awhile too. He would pull off and get squirted in the face and milk would go everywhere. What a lovely, sticky mess! Anyways, after awhile it just got better. He was able to handle the let down and I think it eventually wasn't as strong when everything leveled out.
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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

It comes out a bit fast for the tiny ones to get and that's common. As they get older, they outgrow it. If you are worried about it, try de-latctching the babe right as you let down and express a little milk into a cup or a washcloth, then let them back on as the flow slows a little. HTH.
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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

I had overactive letdown, and DS would do that. Or just get mad. lol.
I'd take him off and letdown into a washcloth, and put him back on so it was more his pace.
I also had to do block feeding later on though, because he had the green frothy stools that come w/ OALD, ect.
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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

I had this problem-still do sometimes and LO is 4 months old. My midwife suggested applying light pressure with the palm of your hand to the flat area above your breast-she said it compresses the ducts some and allows milk to flow more slowly-it worked for me :-)
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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

I have had this same problem with both boys. They get used to it after a time, but I have found that if I hold him a little more upright (almost a sitting position) he takes it a little better. Its also slightly better if we are both laying down. For when it lets down and he lets go, I keep a burp cloth right with me because it sprays EVERYWHERE!
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It comes out a bit fast for the tiny ones to get and that's common. As they get older, they outgrow it. If you are worried about it, try de-latctching the babe right as you let down and express a little milk into a cup or a washcloth, then let them back on as the flow slows a little. HTH.
I had this experience with dd#2, and yes, she outgrew it. I would just try to catch that initial letdown in a prefold if she would let me.

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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

My DS does this too. When he was younger it was ALL the time. Now that he is about 5.5months it only happens randomly. Of course, when he chokes I sit him up and squirt milk everywhere.
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Re: LO chokes with letdown...anyone have this happen too?

You can also try pumping for a couple mins before putting the LO on the breast - that way the pump catches the flood and the LO gets the steady flow.
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