Does your baby cough while breastfeeding?

Does your baby cough while breastfeeding?

You may have observed that your baby chokes on milk when breastfeeding when they are very young. You could have been concerned if your child started coughing because of that. Here, we'll go into greater detail regarding this problem and how to avoid it.

Is this something to be concerned about?

While breastfeeding, it is usual for a baby to choke. This occurs as a result of the baby trying to take too much milk at once. You need to be aware of the dangers of this milk excess, understand the causes, and take steps to prevent it. As a result, you and your infant will be able to take pleasure in feeding time without fear.


Let-down forcefully


Women who have a rapid Milk Ejection Reflex are more likely to experience forceful  let-downs when their milk supply is too high. In a somewhat explosive manner, the milk comes out of their milk ducts. While your baby is eating, keep an eye out for the following indications in your little one:


  • It's common for babies to choke or gag while being fed.
  • Slowing the milk flow by applying pressure to the nipple.
  • A pattern of frequent gagging.
  • Refusing to nurse.
  • Excessive yanking away from the breast.
  • Feeding a baby with a clicking sound.


 An abundance of milk


Having too much breast milk may be preferable to having too little, but it has its own set of drawbacks for both the mother and the baby. If you have an abundance or oversupply of milk, you'll have to experiment with various feeding positions to find one that works for you.


During the first six weeks of breastfeeding, avoid limiting the milk flow. During this time, milk production is expected to rise significantly. In addition to this, do not use more than one breast to feed your baby.


Attempt to prevent food intake:


  • As soon as you finish feeding your baby, give them the same breast to eat from again.
  • Allow some milk to ease any discomfort in the breast you didn't use. However, gradually reduce the amount of milk you produce until you no longer need to do so.


Do this for 30-60 minutes after each feeding to reduce the risk of dehydration in your baby. Milk output will be reduced as a result of this.


However, if this doesn't work after a week, you should seek professional assistance.


Full drainage


This means that you express most of your breast milk before feeding your baby.


Do not overstimulate your breasts in any way, including by pumping excessively, wearing a breast shell, or running the shower for an extended period of time on your breasts.


Knowing that this will not be a problem during the duration of nursing is reassuring. Eventually, your baby will be able to control the flow of milk, reducing the risk of choking. It's important, though, to take the proper measures while feeding your child while they are still young. For more information on properly breastfeeding, speak with a lactation consultant or your doctor.