Why does my baby pant at the start of a feed?
Panting, or quick breathing, at the start of a feed is normal. The baby is drinking quickly, affecting the breathing rate. It is a sign that the baby is getting a lot of milk. When the breast is full, the panting is more noticeable, and mothers with a large milk supply may hear quick breathing throughout the feed. After a few months, the baby becomes better at handling the milk supply and the panting usually decreases. In rare cases, panting at the breast indicates an illness.